Stockperson Apprenticeship

Stockperson Apprenticeship

Could a stockperson apprentice help your business grow?

Apprenticeships with East Durham College’s Houghall Campus are an ideal way to help employers in land-based industries to recruit and retain the best new talent - and together we will help your business grow.

Benefits of taking on an apprentice

  • Provides businesses with skilled workers for the future
  • Increases staff loyalty and retention
  • Free-up existing employees’ time
  • Can bring new ideas to your business
  • Apprentices learn in real-life situations, gaining specific skills in the way your business operates
  • Apprentice salaries currently start at £4.15/hour
  • Plus, grants worth up to £3,000 available*

Financial Incentives - Up to £3,000 Grants Available

Employers are entitled to a grant of £1,000 when employing someone aged 16 to 18 years old. This is paid in two instalments, the first at 90 days and second at 365 days.

Until 31st January 2021, an additional grant is available when hiring an apprentice for employers who take on a new person to the business. If you employ an apprentice who is aged between 16-24 you’ll receive £2,000 or £1500 if they are 25 or over.

These grants are all paid in two instalments, the first at 90 days and second at 365 days.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a practical training programme taken alongside a full-time job, which allows participants, aged 16 or over, to earn as they learn.

Apprentices spend four days a week working with you and one day a week completing training towards their apprenticeship programme at the college during term time.

The programme gives them day-to-day work experience in the sector with evidence-based assessments which lead to official qualifications.

The apprenticeship programme is employer-led and should result in a fully competent apprentice, who also has good people and employability skills, from accurate timekeeping to a strong work ethic.

What apprenticeships are available?

The Level 2 Stockperson Apprenticeship is a 12- to 18-month programme, ideal for general farmworker roles in a beef, sheep, dairy or pig enterprise.


We'd love to have a chat with you about your business needs and how we could help you to recruit a new apprentice.

To find out more information, please call the Apprenticeship Team on 0191 518 5508 or email

*In order to receive this grant, you must create an Apprenticeship Service Digital Account. You will need your PAYE reference number and your Accounts Office Reference number. If you do not have a PAYE reference number, you must apply for one now as they can take up to two weeks to process.  A member of the East Durham College team can assist you with this, please contact us for further help and information.