Investigating the curriculum design and adoption of UK agricultural Apprenticeships

Christopher Bamber, Enis Elezi

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Abstract

This paper investigates the curriculum design and the adoption of the apprenticeship framework in the agricultural sector in England and Wales and it reviews secondary data from UK Government statistics and elicits primary data responses from apprenticeship framework experts. The paper notes that agriculture in England is a sector that provides economic wealth for many families and businesses. However, it is also noted that the younger generation whose historical background is directly or indirectly related with farming have the propensity to shift towards studying IT, business administration, law or construction and thus not necessarily contributing to the agricultural sector. The youth generation justify leaving their family agriculture business with the sacrifices required within the agricultural sector, difficulties associated with knowledge acquisition and implementation, and in some cases they consider low margin of profits. All those factors are believed to have influenced the escapism from the agriculture sector. Many authors and government statisticians consider that the disproportion, from the agricultural sector, of educational focus is predicted to later result in an increase of the socio-economic misbalance. Consequently, the UK government has introduced and promoted the apprenticeship scheme as a strategy to decrease unemployment, equip apprentices with a set of skills that would increase their employability and assist individuals in career changing. Accordingly, this paper highlights the significance of apprenticeship schemes and their curriculum design in the agricultural sector in England and Wales. Additionally, it reviews the categories of agricultural apprenticeships schemes available to apprentice learners and further considers its benefits to society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-65
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume55
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017

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