The University of Lincoln is proud to offer this apprenticeship programme, which has been designed to support the work-based learning and professional development of Agricultural and Horticultural Advisors.
An Agricultural and Horticultural Advisor uses the latest scientific thinking, legislation, policy and environmental requirements to consult with farmers and growers, providing technical advice and supporting their crop husbandry.
The day-to-day responsibilities of an Advisor may include:
Please note: Individuals who have not achieved Maths and English qualifications or those who do not have copies of their certificates will be required to complete Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English during their apprenticeship programme and prior to end point assessment.
Individuals who want to achieve professionally recognised qualifications can also access additional study outside of their apprenticeship through our off-the-job learning and professional courses:
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways, including scenario-based assessment, knowledge exams, phase tests, project work and a portfolio of evidence with professional discussion, prior to undertaking End Point Assessment.
More information about the Level 6 Agriculture and Horticulture Professional Advisor standard can be found here.
Provide scientific and evidence based agronomic, environmental, legislative, and crop husbandry advice to farmers, growers, distributors, or other relevant stakeholders.
Maintain and develop relationships with farmers, growers, and external bodies and all those involved with carrying out the agreed actions which arise from the advisory decisions that have been made.
Assess grower cropping challenges and provide tailored advice (which could encompass crop husbandry decisions, farm business management, adherence to crop production protocols, acquisition of new equipment or changes to cropping patterns).
Utilise appropriate Management Information Systems (MIS) to handle, record, manipulate, and interrogate data to the benefit of the farmer or grower and the service provider (many of which will be specific to the sector e.g. Gatekeeper or MuddyBoots)