With a quarter of the workforce aged 55 or over, there is a growing need for more graduates to enter the environment and agriculture sector
Both employed and self-employed roles are available in the public and private sectors, in areas such as:
The environment and agriculture sector provides employment opportunities for a wide range of skill levels; from jobs that require postgraduate qualifications, such as a veterinary surgeon, to those that can be entered at undergraduate level or below.
For examples of job roles in this sector, see graduate jobs in environment and agriculture.
There are 230,000 businesses and around 1.2 million employees working in the sector. Employers range in size from large, multinational companies, such as JCB in the engineering sphere, to very small or family-owned businesses meeting local needs, such as equine dentists or thatchers.
Graduate training schemes are likely to be found in larger companies and with government bodies. Some of the larger organisations include:
Government organisations include the:
The sector also contains not-for-profit organisations that are concerned with issues such as protecting the environment and animal welfare. Well-known organisations include:
More than half a million volunteers contribute to the sector at any one time, particularly in the animal care and environmental conservation industries. Opportunities for volunteering can be found with not-for-profit organisations including the:
For more volunteering opportunities, search voluntary work.
Graduates entering the environment and agriculture sector can expect:
Business and management skills, such as marketing expertise, sales experience and financial acumen, are thought to be the most lacking in the workforce.
There will be a need for nearly 250,000 new workers between now and 2020, according to the sector skills body Lantra, with roles in customer service and managerial and skilled trade occupations, such as agricultural engineers, offering the most opportunities.
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