There are no set entry requirements but experience in farming or dairy could be useful. A knowledge of basic mechanics might also be helpful.
You'll need a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) car to operate some machinery. You may be able to train for this on the job or at an agricultural college.
You could get into the job through an apprenticeship.
- The ability to follow instructions
- Good timekeeping
- Practical skills
- Discussing work schedules with the farm manager
- Carrying out equipment and machinery checks
- Inputting instructions into the cab’s control panels
- Ploughing fields and sowing seeds
- Spraying crops with fertilisers and pesticides
- Harvesting vegetable, cereal and non-food crops
- Using baling machines to bind crops and hay ready for storage
- Maintaining hedges and roadside verges with tractor cutting attachments
- Carrying out basic maintenance and repairs
Working Hours, Patterns and Environment
You'll usually work between 40 and 48 hours a week. Seasonal contracts are common, with long working days during busy periods like harvest time.
The job can be physically demanding.
You'll spend a lot of time working alone. Your employer will provide safety equipment for certain jobs, like spraying.
You can take further training to operate a wider range of machinery, which will increase your job prospects.
With experience, you could become an agricultural contractor, machinery engineer or farm manager.