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“Managing both upland and lowland areas for the benefit of game, including reared and wild”

The game and wildlife industry involves the management of upland, lowland, woodland and wetland game and wildlife species, including partridge, grouse, pheasant and deer. The industry protects habitats, promotes biodiversity, supports tourism and recreation, and can provide a source of high-quality meat. As an apprentice, you’ll be able to train in upland/grouse, lowland, deer or game rearing, depending on your employer, in roles that include under-keeper, beat keeper, assistant game and farm worker, under stalker/ghillie, assistant ranger or gun dog handler at the intermediate level, and single handed gamekeeper, head keeper, game farm manager and stalker at the advanced level. Following successful completion of the advanced apprenticeship, you’ll be able to progress within game and wildlife in further/higher education or through other vocational courses.

Duration: 18 to 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Geography and food technology

Entry requirements: GCSEs or equivalent

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £19,000 per annum

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