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Choosing college does not necessarily mean choosing to postpone your career. In fact, most work places offer a potentially rich learning environment. Work-based learning is an innovative approach to gaining a qualification since it offers training to employees in the work place with minimal attendance at college.
At Hadlow College we offer Intermediate Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships in Agriculture, Land-Based Engineering and Horticulture, with a variety of pathways that can be tailored to suit the employer needs and resources. Those in suitable employment can, with the approval of their employer apply for an apprenticeship. If they are 16-18 years old the tuition and examination fees are fully funded, or, if they are aged 19+ there will be an employer contribution towards the cost of tuition.
An apprenticeship comprises the following elements:
- the main qualification (a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Agriculture or Horticulture)
- Functional skills in English and Maths (depending on GCSE grades)
- Emergency First Aid at Work
- Legislative short course appropriate to the employer's needs
- Employee's Rights and Responsibilities workbook
George left Holmwood School at 16 to work on his parent’s organic farm in Woodchuch, Ashford. In July 2010 George began the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Livestock Production. During his apprenticeship he achieved his Key Skills in Communication at level 1, an Emergency First Aid at Work certificate and his CS30/31 Chainsaw qualifications, completing the Level 2 Diploma in January 2012 to a high standard. Due to the standard of work produced and his commitment to the family farm he progressed on to the Advanced Apprenticeship straight away. He completed this in July 2013 in less than 18 months. Having proving to have the knowledge and a life time – so far – on the farm George has been given the further responsibility of managing the family farm. He is contemplating undertaking the Higher Apprenticeship in the near future, but first wants to get to grip with the new and highly responsible role he has been entrusted with.