As an Agricultural Contractor you would supply farm services to farmers. This could include harvesting, crop spraying, ploughing, fertilising or it could be livestock based, you may also be required for general duties such as hedge cutting, fencing or drainage.
You can get into this job through:
You could take a course at agricultural college, which may be useful when you start looking for work. Courses include:
- Level 2 Award in Agriculture Machine Maintenance
- Level 2 Certificate in Agriculture
You may need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course.
The following local colleges offer courses in Agriculture:
You could get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in agriculture.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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You could apply directly to become an agricultural contractor. Employers will usually expect you to have experience of working with farm machinery.
Restrictions and requirements
You'll need to have a Certificate of Competence, if you carry out hazardous tasks using a chainsaw.
Driving other vehicles like lorries, tractors, harvesters and fork lift trucks can also be part of your work. You can find out more about driving specialist vehicles from GOV.UK.
Agricultural contracting can be competitive, with lots of contractors applying for the same work. It will help you to get jobs and build your business if you have a specialism that no one else in the surrounding area offers.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could move into teaching, training or consultancy.
You could also work for private companies or co-operatives that offer management services to farms.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Agricultural inspector
- Agricultural engineering technician
- Farm worker
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of food production methods
- the ability to use your initiative
- persistence and determination
- sensitivity and understanding
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of human resources and employment law
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device