How to become an agricultural contractor
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take a course at agricultural college, which may be useful when you start looking for work. Courses include:
- Level 2 Award in Agriculture Machine Maintenance
- Level 2 Certificate in Agriculture
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role :
- Level 2 Countryside worker
- Level 2 Land based service engineer
- Level 3 Land based service engineering technician
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could apply directly to become an agricultural contractor. Employers will usually expect you to have experience of working with farm machinery.
Career tipsAgricultural contracting can be competitive, with lots of contractors applying for the same work. It will help you to get jobs and build your business if you have a specialism that no one else in the surrounding area offers.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the National Association of Agricultural Contractors, which can help with industry training and professional development.