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

Entry Requirements

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


Key staff

Lorna Christie

Lorna Christie

Work-based Agriculture Courses Manager Agriculture,
Greenmount Campus