The opportunities and rewards are endless, no matter what primary industry you’re in. The more you learn, the higher you’ll climb, with respected qualifications and relevant skills taking you wherever you want to go in over 30 industries.
Apprenticeships grow careers and businesses – and there's never been a better time to start an apprenticeship than now.
That’s because the Government is covering the cost of all apprenticeships from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022. Learn more about what this means for you here
Here's how an apprenticeship works in the Agriculture, Horticulture and food processing industries
Apprenticeships are for anyone over the age of 16 who are employed in these primary industries and meet the eligibility criteria.
You'll train “on the job"
Apprenticeships are designed and geared up for people who work and have a mix of practical training supported by the theory over the duration of the apprenticeship.
Apprentices keep earning
Apprentices will continue to earn while they learn, so there’s no big debt to have to pay back at the end.
You can start anytime
Some programmes have fixed start dates and some are seasonal, but mostly you can start an apprenticeship whenever it suits you and your employer.
We'll provide ongoing support
Primary ITO will work with both employer and apprentice to map out a training pathway that meets the needs of the business and enables apprentices to achieve their goals. Our people understand the industries and their challenges, will visit regularly throughout the year to review progress, update the apprentice’s personalised training plan and set goals to help the apprentice achieve their qualification.
We also have support programmes to assess literacy, numeracy and dyslexia, suggesting extra help if it’s needed.
Here’s how to become an apprentice in the Meat Processing, Dairy Processing, Seafood, Equine, EnChem, Pest Management, Rural Servicing and Hydrology industries
Those who are employed in these sectors need to talk to their manager about becoming an apprentice. Employers in these industries can work with private training establishments (PTEs), affiliated training providers or have their own independent assessors to support the delivery of our apprenticeship programmes.
Our industry specialists work closely with businesses, to deliver apprenticeships, grow their people and their business.