If you'd like a career in a dynamic, interesting and essential industry such as ours, here are a few links that can help provide you with more information:
IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future - this programme brings the industry together to inspire the next generation and equip them with skills for work.
BRIGHT CROP - this useful, recently launched website aims to help young people learn more about the range of career opportunities in the agricultural sector.
LANTRA - are the UK’s Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries and this website will provide you with lots of useful information on different careers and what qualifications may be require.
FARMERS WEEKLY ONLINE - provides useful hints, tips, do’s and don’ts about applying for a job in the industry, along with lists of what jobs are available.
UCAS - tells you which universities run courses in agriculture and dairy farming.
Other Useful Links:
The National Careers Service offers more nformation about the dairy job market and farmers often upload vacancies to popular recruitment sites such as www.fish4jobs.co.uk or www.reed.co.uk. Some trade publications feature job vacancies in their magazine, or on their website, such as Farmers Weekly and Farmers Guardian.
Project Eden is a dairy education initiative providing a foundation degree level dairy qualification for dairy processing and manufacturing personnel. To find out more, visit the National Skills Academy website and the Dairy UK website
The Fresh Start initiative supports the business and entrepreneurial skills required to get new farming businesses started and developing them for the future. For more information about the initiative, visit www.nfuonline.com
You could soon be working with people like this:
"I'm not from a farming background but I just loved the idea of working with animals and spending time outdoors. I studied agriculture at college and soon found work as a farm helper. I absolutely love the variety of the job - I'm really keen on technology so it's the perfect job for me." Jade Foster, Farm Helper
"My job is to make sure each cow gets balanced meals to keep them healthy and happy. On a typical day I visit farms in my area, working with the team to tweak the diet plans they have in place or to advise on feeds. I like the challenge of reviewing the diets - and the feeling when a plan comes together!" Tim Davies, Dairy Nutritionist
"The most invigorating part of the job is really getting to know the farmer and his aspirations for each cow and the herd as a whole. Helping him to achieve those by making sure his animals healthy is a real privilege." Matt Dobbs, Dairy Farm Vet