Apprentices are paid $10/hr during their first six months. Every six months during the two-year program, Apprentices will receive a wage increase of $.50/hr. Expect to work an average of 40 hours per week during your training, including nights and weekends.
The program is a National Apprenticeship under the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration. It consists of 4,000 HOURS of training over a period of TWO YEARS.
Of these hours, 3,712 hours are employment and mentoring under an approved Master Dairy Grazier. A comprehensive DGA Training Manual (or “Job Book”) lays out the competencies that must be met in order to own and operate a managed-grazing dairy farm, providing a blueprint for the mentoring process. The other 288 hours are related instruction designed to enhance on-farm training. Apprentices are responsible for the tuition costs for these 288 hours of classroom training. This cost is expected to be greater than $1,000 and less than $2,500. The classroom training will be provided by partnering educational institutions.
Trainees will be responsible to pay $350/month for housing (private room, semi-private bath, shared kitchen, washer/dryer). This covers all utilities.
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