What is the South West Peak Landscape Partnership?
The Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations working together in the area with the aim of improving relationships, benefitting local communities, wildlife and cultural heritage. The partnership is running several projects which you can find out about on our website at www.southwestpeak.co.uk
Why work with South West Peak Landscape Partnership?
Can any farm take part?
Can I employ a relative?
Yes. You can employ your own son, daughter or other relative.
Can an existing employee become an apprentice?
Yes, provided they will learn significantly new skills by doing the apprenticeship.
Can I have a part time apprentice?
What work can apprentices do?
Anything another adult worker can do but initially they may not be as fit or as strong as older more experienced workers. They may also be less aware of risks and health and safety issues. More time needs to be spent explaining jobs, checking understanding and working with the apprentice.
How much will I pay?
25 and over
21 to 24
18 to 20
What other training costs will there be?
The other costs of training an apprentice include the college course and short courses such as NPTC Awards.
Why is the South West Peak Landscape Partnership doing this?
Will I need to pay additional apprentices if there is a team working on my land?
If the apprentices are completing work for which you receive payment under an agri-environment scheme agreement, then yes. We can discuss the details with you.
The payment of any additional farm workers on your farm will need to be agreed between the employers. It may involve additional payment or it could involve keeping a record of how much time the farm apprentices spend on each other’s farms.
What modules will the apprentices study?
What qualifications will the apprentices gain?
Apprentices will work towards
Do I need to give the apprentice holidays?
What hours should apprentices work?
A full time apprentice needs to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week. An apprentice under the age of 19 must not work more than 8 hours a day or more than 40 hours a week. We understand that farming involves variable working hours throughout the year. How to balance the work between busy and quiet times will need to be discussed between the farmer, training organisation and apprentice.
Where will the training taking place?
Much of the training will take place locally, but if there are specific courses such as NPTC training which are being run elsewhere which are better value or quality then the apprentice may need to travel to other locations.
When will apprentices go for training?
The apprentices will need to spend an average of 1 day a week training. This can be training that
Will I have to provide transport?
Not necessarily. We can help with transport around the South West Peak for work and training. If the apprentice has to attend college there may be a subsidised bus or we may be able to help.
Can apprentices be left to work on their own?
For each new task the apprentice will need to work with a qualified employer/employee until they are confident in that task and it has been signed off by the training organisation. When you and the apprentice are confident that the apprentice can competently complete the task in a safe manner they can be left for short periods provided they have the ability to contact someone if necessary. Make sure your apprentice is comfortable asking for help and they know the limits of the task e.g. they have been asked to feed the cows in the field but they feed the bull who is aggressive and temperamental as well.
Will I need to have extra insurance?
You will need to have public liability insurance and employer’s liability insurance. You may already have both of these but you will need to check with your insurer that they cover having an apprentice.
Do I need to pay sick pay?
Your apprentice will be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), which is £94.25. a week for up to 28 weeks.
You can no longer reclaim statutory sick pay but you may be able to make a claim with your employer liability insurer.
Will I need to pay them a pension?
Employees earning less than £10 000 per year will not be eligible for automatic enrolment to a workplace pension. Apprentices may voluntarily opt to join a workplace pension for which you may need to contribute.
Will I need to pay National Insurance?
If the apprentice is under 25, the employer does not need to pay National Insurance contributions. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-insurance-contributions-for-under-25s-employer-guide/paying-employer-national-insurance-contributions-for-apprentices-under-25
For general information about hiring an apprentice please the governments guide for employers at
Any other Questions please contact:
Helen Betts at South West Peak Landscape Partnership