Second Industry Consultation opens for Trailblazer Apprenticeships – Stockperson

Published 2 December 15

The standards for the new Stockperson Trailblazer Apprenticeship have been put out for industry consultation, in an effort to combat skills shortages across certain areas of agriculture and horticulture. 

The consultation asks farmers and other livestock industry employers to read and comment upon the draft standards so that the proposed apprenticeship scheme stays on track to meet industry needs. The 2-page standard can be downloaded from the AHDB website and responded to via an online survey, also linked to from the AHDB webpage. 

“The new apprenticeship scheme is a tremendous opportunity to make sure that training is relevant to the skills that we believe are critical to the business,” said Meryl Ward, the AHDB Pork Chair, AHDB Board member and pig farmer. 

“Investing in apprenticeships is good for the business as the apprentice develops consistent quality skills and becomes an important member of the team quicker, but also good for the trainee who receives a recognised certificate and hopefully job satisfaction from a job well done.” 

Tony Moss, the Training Manager at Wayland Farms Ltd, said apprenticeships “bring much-needed younger people into the industry and allow skilled members of staff to pass on their knowledge, and reassess their own way of working.” 

The new Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards have been drawn up by an industry working group and supported by AHDB, LANTRA, the NFU, Agriskills and EDGE Careers, and the hope is that industry stakeholders will take the opportunity to have their input into the development of the apprenticeships.