Agriculture, environmental and animal care

An apprenticeship is a means to make a living off the land

Agriculture, environmental and animal care careers will put you at the forefront of supplying the country with food, producing crops, enriching the rural and urban environment, and protecting its natural heritage.

Careers in this sector can be broken down into three major categories: land management and production, animal health and welfare, and environmental industries. It’s not just about muddy wellies, unsocial working hours and manual labour either. There are a wide variety of jobs in the sector, and while many of them are practical, requiring physical effort and work outdoors, there are also opportunities for people to work as skilled technicians, managers and other specialist roles.

Roles include general farm workers, gardeners, fencing contractors, tree surgeons and gamekeepers. There are also creative occupations available, such as floristry, as well as caring jobs that include working for animal welfare charities, as a veterinary nurse, or at a kennels or cattery. In addition, there are more technical roles on offer, such as land-based engineering, and many management opportunities.

The apprenticeships in this section cover 36 different disciplines, from environmental conservation to veterinary nursing. New for 2018 is the abattoir worker apprenticeship, which teaches empathy and and respect for animals during the slaughter process. Or you could take a look at the metal recycling general operative apprenticeship, also new for this year, which will train you in the intricacies of metal recycling, at a time when environmental work is rapidly increasing in importance.

All of the apprenticeships in this sector offer the chance to develop skills in practical, technical and specialised areas with opportunities for career progression. And if you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, then this could be a good place to start.

Interests and skills

Consider a career in agriculture, environmental and animal care if you enjoy the outdoors and the natural world. Jobs can have scientific elements, as well as hands-on aspects, meaning theoretical and practical people could find something for them.

School subjects

The school subjects that may prepare you for an apprenticeship in agriculture, environmental and animal care include:

  • Science
  • PE
  • Business studies
  • Geography
Further reading

To find out more about apprenticeships in agriculture, environmental and animal care, visit:

Agriculture apprenticeship

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Agriculture Higher Apprenticeship

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Animal care apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in Animal Care is perfect for anyone wishing to work with animals. Many consider work in the animal

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Animal technology apprenticeship

If you have a genuine interest in working with animals and their welfare, as well as an interest in scientific

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Environmental conservation apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation covers roles that deal with the protection of rural and urban landscapes, plants and animals,

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Equine apprenticeship

The Equine apprenticeship is suitable for anyone looking to work with horses. The equine industry is one of the most

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Fencing apprenticeship

The Fencing apprenticeship deals with the construction and repair of fences. Fences can be simple or incredibly hi-tech, serving a

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Farriery apprenticeship

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Floristry apprenticeship

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Fish husbandry and fisheries management apprenticeship

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Golf greenkeeper apprenticeship

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Game and wildlife management apprenticeship

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Horticulture apprenticeship

The Horticulture apprenticeship covers both amenity and production horticulture, which in turn covers a vast range of horticulture occupations, and

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Land-based engineering apprenticeship

The Land-based Engineering apprenticeship deals with the maintenance and repair of a range of mechanised equipment used in agriculture, horticulture, forestry

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Land-based service engineering apprenticeship

On a land-based service engineering apprenticeship, you could find yourself working in the agricultural, horticultural, forestry equipment or fixed plant

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Nursing assistants in a veterinary environment apprenticeship

The Nursing Assistants in a Veterinary Environment apprenticeship deals with the daily care of animals within a veterinary environment. Although

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Sports turf operative apprenticeship

On a Sports Turf Operative apprenticeship, you will be responsible for the maintenance, renovation and overall appearance of one or

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Trees and timber apprenticeship

The Trees and Timber apprenticeship covers the main occupations within the trees and timber industry. This industry includes the establishment,

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Veterinary nursing apprenticeship

The Advanced Level Veterinary Nursing apprenticeship covers a range of skills and duties that support a veterinary surgeon. Registered veterinary

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