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This Modern Apprenticeship is for employees who are completely new to game and wildlife management, and for existing employees looking to build their skills. It’s suitable for employees working in or taking up a position such as ghillie, under-keeper or game farm worker.

The qualification

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for a qualification in one of:

  • Game and Wildlife Management: Deer at SCQF level 5
  • Game and Wildlife Management: Game Rearing at SCQF Level 5
  • Game and Wildlife Management: Upland/Grouse at SCQF Level 5
  • Game and Wildlife Management: Lowland at SCQF Level 5
Entry requirements

Candidates don’t need previous experience at this level.

Progression and development

Once they complete their apprenticeship, your employees should be able to carry out a number of roles, including:

  • Under-keeper or beat-keeper
  • Game farm worker
  • Under-stalker/ghillie

Successful apprentices may also move on to other qualifications, such as HNC or degree courses in environmental conservation, conservation biology or wildlife management.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

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