Build your confidence with an apprenticeship

Megan Wilkins from Newport has completed an Apprenticeship in agriculture and has plans to go on to do a degree in agriculture.

Megan saw the sector as male-dominated and thought she would struggle to get people to take her seriously in the industry. After searching for a job and convincing the owners of the family farm to take her on, she hasn’t looked back.

 “I had to overcome many barriers due to my quiet nature and as a girl entering into typically a man’s role. I have certainly come out of my shell and love caring for the animals on the farm,” said Megan.

"I have certainly come out of my shell"

“Being able to undertake an Apprenticeship was important for me. It provided an avenue to training and employment that I might not otherwise been able to do through just a course or training in their own right."

“With the ongoing experience of work and being paid for it, together with the training I’m undertaking, I’m learning so much hands on. It’s brought me out of my shell even more and I’m now very confident in working on and running aspects of a farm.”

Prior to achieving her Apprenticeship, Megan completed her Foundation Apprenticeship in Agriculture through Pathways to Apprenticeship in a year.

Farm owner and employer, Mr Tamplin, said: “Megan is becoming an experienced herdswoman and often has the responsibility of feeding, milking, cleaning and bedding an 80 strong dairy herd.”

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