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Job Description

Farm workers carry out manual work and operate machinery on arable farms and farms that have livestock, this work will vary from season to season and involves planting, tending and harvesting a range of crops as well as feeding and looking after animals.  

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements, but experience and knowledge of farm work, or an agricultural qualification, will be helpful.

To work on a dairy farm you may need training or experience in handling a herd and operating milking machinery, or you could learn on the job.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

With qualifications and experience, you could progress to supervisor or unit manager on a large farm. You may have to move between farms to gain experience and promotion.

You could also become an agricultural contractor, supplying services to several farms, servicing machinery or working in agricultural equipment and supplies.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Agricultural contractor
  • Farmer
  • Gamekeeper

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • The ability to do hard physical work
  • Be a practical type of person
  • Have a good awareness of health and safety procedure

Starting Salary

£13,000 to £25,000

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