Stockperson Apprenticeship - Level 2 - Standard (Ref: VAC001475539)

Salary: £3.70 per hour - 30 hours per week = £111.00 per weekClosing Date: 28 Jan 2019Hours: 30 hours per week

Roberts of Stamfordham


Vacancy Title: Stockperson Apprenticeship - Level 2 - Standard

Vacancy short description:

To carry our day to day farming activities associated with livestock (sheep and cattle -see below), grassland and tractor work, including repairs and maintenance of the general fabric of the farm at Stamford and Shipley farms.


Vacancy full description:

Sheep work

Carry out effective care to the flock by looking as necessary and dealing with problems as they arise. Preventing ingress of disease and other issues by following flock health plan

  • Ewe and Ram husbandry
  • Tagging,
  • Recognising and treating sheep illnesses, foot care
  • Prophylactic care,
  • Assist in shearing and fleece wrapping
  • Feeding; bedding
  • Flock and lamb vaccination and worming;
  • Lambing ;rearing and hand feeding as necessary
  • Castration and ringing lambs,


Cattle work

Carry out effective care to the Herd by looking as necessary and dealing with problems as they arise. Prevent ingress of disease and other issues by following Herd health plans.

  • Cow, heifer and steer husbandry
  • Tagging,
  • Recognising and treating cattle illnesses
  • Prophylactic care,
  • Assist in clipping for sale
  • Feeding; bedding
  • Calving ;rearing and hand feeding as necessary
  • Castration and dehorning calves,
  • Weighing and condition scoring of cattle
  • Provide clean, healthy, viable and saleable stock for the market weighed to different marketing specifications.

Arable work

Prepare fields for arable and forage cropping.

Using machinery available

                Primary cultivation -Plough and press land

                Secondary cultivation- Simba press, and Horsch Terrano, Cambridge rolls

                Planting seed with Horsch Pronto drill

Crop husbandry: Fertiliser spreading, weed removal as required.

Machinery repairs and servicing as required.



Forage and Grassland management

Fertiliser spreading

Grass-topping, drainage and weed management. Assist in silage and hay making as necessary, working to improve grassland and optimise the grazing potential of fields

Fencing and stock proofing

To ensure fields are stock proof and livestock remain in correct fields. Carry out running repairs to fencing, gates, hurdles, tools, water troughs etc

Property maintenance

Assist in keeping gutters/ drains and buildings watertight and clean. Assist with clearance of let properties as necessary.

Health and Safety

Carry out work in compliance with Health and Safety of self and others on the farms and

To contribute to improving fire safety, health and safety, waste management, etc. To keep all work and storage area clean and tidy

Cleaning, repairs and servicing

Keep sheds clean and tidy; clean and carry out running repairs on quads, trailers, and machinery related to work; clean sheep and cattle handling equipment and pens associated with daily activities.

Record Keeping and Administration

Keep Records in accordance with DEFRA cross compliance requirements and Farm Assurance schemes (NSF at present but this may vary) and send to office as required.

To keep records of flock and cattle movements including sales, purchases, births and deaths; keep sheep and cattle medicine books and records of medicines used; keep Tag records; and send to office as required.

Record Time keeping of work carried out on different enterprises and send to office on regular basis as required.

Training and Communication

Communicate with other members of staff and management as necessary and participate in quarterly team meetings to benefit of the business.

Other work

You may be required to undertake other duties from time to time as reasonably required by

Robertson of Stamford. You shall not work for anybody else while you are employed by Robertson of Stamford except by agreement. To assist on occasion with the maintenance of farm cottages, gardens and any other business enterprises that may arise

Weekly wage: £3.70 per hour - 30 hours per week = £111.00 per week

Working week: 30 hours per week.

Future prospects: For the right candidate progression within the company


Training to be provided:

Apprenticeship STANDARD

  • In house training with employer
  • Functional skills if required

    Qualifications required: Level 2 maths & English OR GCSE Grade C or above.

    Skills required:
  • Must love animals
  • Good timekeeping skills
  • Reliable
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to undertake heavy physical work and work in all weathers
  • Able to work under pressure and on own initiative
  • Have previous experience working on a farm but be advantageous but not essential
  • Good attention to detail

Personal qualities:

  • Professional approach
  • Must have a good working knowledge of cropping, sheep and cattle husbandry,
  • Communication
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in a clear and practical manner with team members, vets, farm contractors etc
  • Flexibility
  • Must have a degree of flexibility in working hours to be able to work to get the job done – Ability to work with inclement weather conditions,
  • Must have the ability to adapt to changes in working practices.
  • Initiative -Ability to work on own and foresee and prevent potential problems
  • Good organisational and time management skills- ability to plan own day at times to effectively manage the flock, care and its movements. To plan and indentify feed and medicines purchase requirements in advance of the purchase order being raised by Owner.
  • Trustworthy- Transparency and honesty are prerequisites and must be entirely trustworthy to Robertson of Stamford presenting a good impression to others. .
  • Team Player – be able to work with others and share skills and information for the good of the company.
  • Travel - Must have full driving licence and be willing to travel to all sites.


Things to consider:

  • Working in all weathers.
  • Because of the location of the farms you will need to be able to drive and have your own transport.
  • You will also be required to attend our Kirkley Hall Campus in Ponteland one day a week.
  • Longer working hours will be required at busier times of year i.e. Lambing/Silage/Harvest time.
  • You will be required to do an initial assessment and diagnostic in Maths, English and ICT before you start your apprenticeship.


Reality check: You must be able to get to work via public transport or via car – Please check before applying for the vacancy.

Important Information:

You will be required to work to the terms and conditions of your contract. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to grow with this company.

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