Crop Technicians are responsible for optimising crop/plant yields through establishment, management, harvest and post-harvest operations while maintaining and improving the surrounding environment.
Being a Crop Technician requires self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player to complete tasks safely and efficiently. You will need to keep up to date with technological advances and new innovations. Many companies now use automation for a number of routine tasks, which will require technical skills to operate. This standard provides the opportunity for individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviours required and follows a core and options approach. This allows the flexibility to learn core subjects and then specialise in either arable farming (soil-based systems) or production horticulture (containerised systems). The apprenticeship also includes additional qualifications for First Aid and Pesticide Applications.
On successful completion of portfolio and learning the candidate will complete and End Point Assessment consisting of an Online Multiple Choice test, Practical Assessment and Professional discussion with an external organisation. A grading of Pass, Merit or Distinction is achievable.
You will be interviewed and assessed to identify your potential, commitment and motivation to achieve the apprenticeship, based upon the range and level of activities you will be undertaking in the workplace Candidates need GCSE D grade Maths & English. You may be required to complete an initial assessment for Maths and English to show ability to undertake study towards Level 2 Maths and English.