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 engineering industry.
If you successfully complete the apprenticeship, you'll be awarded a level 3 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the industry sector.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in land-based engineering will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete a combined competence-based 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.
Competency and knowledge qualifications
You need to complete a combined competence-based and knowledge-based qualification, from the list below.
Combined competence and knowledge based qualification:
- City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Land-based Engineering Operations 501/0399/4
- IMI Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Land-based Engineering Operations 600/5128/0
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 land-based engineering. 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 land-based engineering framework and can show you can achieve a level 3 standard
- previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the Level 2 apprenticeshipsni land-based engineering 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, you must 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.
To gain a further breadth of skills, knowledge, understanding and experience all learners are advised to complete at least one of the following as an optional enhancement:
- emergency first aid (one-day course approved by the Health and Safety Executive)
- basic tractor driving
- safe use of abrasive wheel machines
- safe use of pedestrian controlled two-wheeled tractors
- safe use of turf maintenance equipment
- all-terrain vehicle handling
- approved manufacturers' technical courses
No additional funding is available for optional enhancements.
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/ college to make sure all components of this framework are delivered in line with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 303 Issue 06: 03/21) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy.
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