Livestock unit technician apprenticeship

Manage livestock-related tasks on the farm

Working with one species, livestock-related tasks for a unit technician will include animal health and welfare, from conception and birth through to dealing with the customer and supporting business productivity. You’ll also be responsible for using and maintaining farm vehicles and equipment. Tasks will mainly include managing the livestock, from decisions on their diet and accommodation, to preparing them for sale or transfer. During the livestock unit technician apprenticeship you’ll need to complete daily records and will report to senior management, assisting with strategic decisions to help drive productivity, livestock welfare and health and safety in line with industry standards. Your working hours will depend on the type of farm you work on, for example, dairy farms require early starts due to milking. Other job titles could include flock manager, head shepherd and unit manager.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Business studies

Entry requirements for the livestock unit technician apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or experience.

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £19,000

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