If you enter a job straight from school, some previous work experience on a farm is useful, such as weekend or holiday work.
You may be able to train through a Modern Apprenticeship. This combines on the job and off the job training leading to relevant SVQs (SCQF Levels 5-7).
You could do a college course before starting work, for example an NC in agriculture (SCQF Level 5 or 6).
The entry requirements for these courses vary from no formal qualifications to 4 subjects at National 4 or 5 including English, Maths and a science subject. You may also need some agricultural experience.
You need to be fit enough to do strenuous work.
For some jobs a driving or tractor licence is and may be necessary, but you might work towards this during an apprenticeship or while in employment.
What Does it Take?
You need to be:
practical, reliable and hard working
responsible and safety conscious
able to work on your own and also as part of a team
able to follow instructions carefully
confident about handling large animals
careful, when working with machinery
physically fit with good stamina
interested in working in agriculture.
You would train on the job under the supervision of experienced workers.
While working, you may be able to study part time at college for an NC or SVQ in an agricultural subject.
If you already have an NC or SVQ, there may be the opportunity to study part time for an HNC (SCQF Level 7).
You may do extra training in the use of specialist machinery or driving a fork lift truck.
With suitable experience, and depending on the size of farm, you may be able to get promotion to a supervisory job.
With further qualifications and extensive experience, you may be able to move up to become a farm manager.