About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 3 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the agricultural sector. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a level 3 qualification and recognition as a qualified person to carry out one of the roles within the sector which are specified at the occupational profiles section below.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in agriculture will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete a combined competence and knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
- information and communication technology – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
Competence and knowledge qualifications
You need to complete the combined competence and knowledge-based qualification shown below.
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme.
Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the apprenticeshipsni level 2 framework in agriculture. Employers may also apply their own criteria at the recruitment stage.
You may also enter the level 3 apprenticeship, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you:
- have already gained significant work experience in your occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the level 2 agriculture framework and can show the capacity to achieve a level 3 standard
- have previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the Level 2 apprenticeshipsni agriculture framework
See also the DfE operational requirements.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
For this framework, the participant is required to complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from the training contractor that the ERR has been completed.
While not required for apprenticeship certification, you are advised to undertake a one-day emergency first aid approved by the health and safety executive, and at least one of the following as an optional enhancement. As these courses are not required for certification, no additional funding is available from DfE for completion;
- Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1)
- Basic Food Hygiene (FSA Approved)
- Cylinder and Rotary Operated Pedestrian Mowers
- Safe Use of Pedestrian Controlled Two-Wheeled Tractors
- Chainsaw and Related Operations
- Safe Use of Hedge Trimmers
- Safe Manual Handling Operator
- Forklift Truck Operations
- Tractor Driving and Related Operations
- Driving a Vehicle with a Trailer
- Safe Use of Powered Cultivators
- Stump Grinding Operations
- Safe Use of Turf Maintenance Equipment
- Ride-on Mowers
- All-Terrain Vehicle Handling
- Wood chipping/Chipper Shredding
- CAT Training
- Materials Handler Certificate
- Brushwood Chipper Operations
- Safe Use of Abrasive Wheel Machines
- Integrated Pollution Prevention Control Certificate
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/college to ensure that all components of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 304 Issue 4: 03/14) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy. For further information, contact: