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WNSC Agriculture Star Apprentice Oli Lloyd

Oswestry, United Kingdom, March 12, 2015 --( It’s National Apprenticeship Week this week and to celebrate the achievements of apprentices, Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) has chosen a Star Apprentice for each curriculum area the College has apprentices working in.

Oli Lloyd is completing his Level 2 Apprenticeship in Agriculture; Oli started his apprenticeship straight after secondary school and is now working on a dairy farm. Oli commented on the variety of his work saying "My work on the farm involves feeding, littering, scraping out bedding, general duties, I help out with milking the 110 milking cows and I also do some arable work as well."

Some parts of the Apprenticeship are knowledge-based, Oli commented "working on a mixed farm enabled me to recently complete a project on maize, I studied the crop cycle from planting to harvesting and analysed the full cycle." Oli discussed the advantages of doing an apprenticeship saying "I have learnt a lot from the experienced staff, being able to do the course and earn money at the same time was important to me."

"I have learnt new skills whilst doing my apprenticeship such as safely working with livestock, how to handle them, I have also qualified as a tele-handler. I have been getting help off my assessor, Graham Holt, he has been very supportive."

Oli commented on how much he is enjoying his role "I have learnt a lot over the last 13 months, I’ve enjoyed everything, there’s nothing I dislike, I don’t even mind getting up early. When I finish the apprenticeship, I am hoping to work full-time on the farm."

Agricultural Apprenticeships are available at both Level 2 and 3. Small businesses can access a £1500 grant via the College for taking on an apprentice for the duration of their study.

If you are an employer who could offer an apprentice a job, or if you would like to apply for an apprenticeship, you can find out more by contacting Lucy Bowen, Work-based Learning Manager on 01691 688038 or email
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Walford & North Shropshire College
Lucy Evans
01691 688039

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