Level 2

Responsible for their own work, but will have close supervision, a stockperson undertakes practical work involving a combination of technology and manual labour. Being a stockperson requires compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team and independently. 

This apprenticeship covers the core requirements for looking after animals competently along with specialist training covering beef, pigs, sheep or dairy.

What apprentices will learn

  • Handling and restraining livestock
  • Health and welfare of livestock
  • Assessing the condition and behaviour of animals
  • Animal welfare and stress prevention
  • Record keeping

Delivery Model

Regular learning, skills and knowledge assessment and research work at Plumpton College (term time only) alongside blended online learning. Quarterly workplace competency and efficiency observation, assessments and reviews.

Qualifications Awarded

  • Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work
  • Level 1 in maths and English (if applicable) 
  • Level 2 award in the safe use of pesticides, and one of the following:
  • Boom sprayer, mounted, trailed or self propelled equipment
  • Granular applicator equipment
  • Handheld applicator equipment

End Point Assessment:

  • Online multiple choice test
  • Practical demonstration
  • Professional discussion

Training & Assessment Value 


Entry Requirements:

Maths and English assessment.

Job role suitability assessment.

To enrol onto an apprenticeship programme you need to be employed with a contract of employment. If you have an employer lined up or are already employed please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01273 892127 or via email.

If you do not currently have an employer please visit the main Apprenticeships page for guidance on how to find and apply for an apprenticeship opportunity or register for our Talent Bank service.


Typically 18 months

Apprentices will have practical workshops at Plumpton’s Lamberts farm, consisting of 2000 acres in the most beautiful setting of the South Downs, with a 300 dairy cow herd, large pig herd, extensive sheep flock and pedigree Sussex beef herd; access to the latest technology available in the agriculture sector, alongside teaching and farm staff that have many years' industrial experience and excellent relationships within the local farming community; and the opportunity to receive discounts on further sector specific qualifications, such as a forklift licence.

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