Multi-Skilling Programme

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This programme aims to provide young people with the opportunity not only to gain a trade but also to train in agriculture. This means that they will have the necessary skills and knowledge to secure employment off the farm and to farm on a part-time basis.

Course content

Students undertake two Level 2 courses, one in Livestock Production called a City & Guilds Diploma in Work-based Agriculture, and the other in their chosen trade area, for example: joinery, plumbing, plastering, bricklaying or motor mechanics. Training in the trade area will normally be delivered through day-release and work experience, organised by another training organisation.

Agriculture course delivery

Students attend Greenmount Campus for five one-week blocks.

Skills undertaken include:

  • Grassland management
  • Health and safety
  • Livestock husbandry and nutrition
  • Record keeping

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This course provides students with an opportunity to progress onto a Level 3 programme in Agriculture. Most trainees will be in work or will gain full-time employment in their chosen trade area and farm part-time.

Entry Requirements

Normally two Grade Cs or three Grade Ds at GCSE or equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants with English or Mathematics at Grade C or above plus the equivalent of one year’s relevant industry experience, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.