DART is a Midlands based specialist training provider for land-based apprenticeships including agriculture. During 2019 seven young adults working on farms have gained Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships with DART. This is the highest level of apprenticeships in farming and consists of gaining City and Guilds Farm Business Management and Pearson Level 4 Project Management for land-based sector.
The training course is farm based and apprentices are encouraged to research, plan and then evaluate processes and production methods on their farms. Enterprise costings are an important element, as is effective use of grassland in milk and meat production, these are examples of the units that go towards achieving the City and Guilds level 4 work-based diploma. The Higher Apprenticeship takes about two years to complete as a work-based programme, so people can set out and follow the progress of farming projects. For example one apprentice saw his family run dairy farm convert to organic production during the two years, giving ample scope to cost out some of the changes in cropping and feeding.
A presentation of certificates was held at Coton Wood Farm, Cubley on 27th November where Julie Sizer, Training Manager at DART handed out the well-earned diplomas and Higher Apprenticeship certificates. Of the four apprentices present, two had started their association with DART as school age learners while completing level one in farming as part of their key stage four. Another was a new entrant to farming and another had gained farming experience in Australia and New Zealand.
These apprentices are continuing working with DART as host farmers for practical training sessions for current level 2 apprentices.
For more information on the apprenticeships we offer please get in touch with us today on 01332 216640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.