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Tractor driver

Alternative titles for this job include Agricultural machinery operator, combine harvester driver, crop sprayer

Tractor drivers operate farm machinery to plough fields, plant seeds, and spray and harvest crops.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

60 to 62 seasonal

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays

How to become

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How to become Tractor driver

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could do a college course to get some of the skills you need to become a tractor driver.

You could do a level 2 award in tractor driving and related occupations or in safe working in agriculture and production horticulture.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You could do a general farm worker intermediate apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship usually takes 18 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

There is no set route to become a tractor driver so you could apply directly. 

It might be useful if you have some experience in farming and a knowledge of basic mechanics. 

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  • you may need a plant card to operate some machinery

Further information

You can find out more about working in farming from Tasty Careers and The Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • knowledge of food production methods
  • concentration skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • discuss work with the farm manager
  • plough fields, sow seeds and harvest crops
  • spray crops with fertilisers and pesticides
  • use tractor attachments to cut hedges and make hay bales
  • maintain equipment and carry out basic repairs

Working environment

You could work on a farm.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, cramped, noisy, physically demanding and dusty.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • become a supervisor or farm manager, agricultural contractor, or agricultural engineer 
  • be a tractor driver in different sectors such as maintaining outdoor spaces for local government
  • take further training to operate different machinery

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

General Farm Worker Apprentice

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually

General Farm Worker Apprentice

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually

Courses In England

Tractor Driving C&G - Certificate of Competence - Level 2

  • Start date: 17 February 2025
  • Location: Sparsholt

Tractor Driving C&G - Certificate of Competence - Level 2

  • Start date: 28 October 2024
  • Location: Sparsholt

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