Lantra Career Paths

Use Lantra’s Career Paths to see the many directions you could go in, working in the Farming and Land based sector.

(Lantra, 2015)

Tasty Careers Map

Try the Tasty Careers Interactive map to find out more about jobs in Food Manufacturing

(tastycareers.org.uk, 2015)

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Food & Farming


A growing career

Farming and food production is vital to the Welsh economy, and to us all.  By 2020,
the aim of Welsh Government is to grow this sector by 30%.  British farming creates around 63%
of the food we eat, but as well as making sure we have the food we need, farmers and food
producers use the latest technologies to protect our natural environment.

Your choice of career in Food and Farming is wider than ever. 
It is not just about green fields, early mornings or production lines. You could be designing
aerial drones to calculate fertilizer needs, developing a new food product, managing a dairy
herd, or engineering new robotic equipment to feed them.   


64%

of farmers are aged over 55.
Demand for new recruits will
be high.
(Welsh Food and Drink Skills Project, 2014)


77%
of Welsh agricultural workers are self-employed.(Welsh Government 2014)


87%
of the land surface of Wales
is devoted to agriculture.
(Welsh Government, 2014)


Over 22,000 people are employed in Food and Drink Manufacturing in Wales; making it the largest manufacturing sector. (Improve, 2015)


16,000
people are employed
in the care of animals
in Wales.
(Lantra, 2013)




3.5% of the total workforce in Wales is employed
in Farming and Food Manufacturing.
(Welsh Government 2014)

19%, or nearly 1 in 5,Welsh workers, work in the whole
food and drink supply chain; either growing, making,
selling or serving food products to us.
(Food and Drink Skills Project, 2014)


Wales needs more..

Farm Workers,Gardeners and Landscapers, 
Veterinarians,  Animal Care Workers,  Farmers,
Managers in Agriculture and Horticulture, Engineering
and Laboratory Technicians, 
Biological Scientists
Biochemists, 
Environmental Professionals, Food and
Drink Process Operatives, 
Fishing and Agricultural Workers, 
Packers, Bottlers, Canners and Fillers 

Employment Hotspots

Powys
6,604

 

Flintshire
4,696

 

Carmarthenshire
4,564

 

Wrexham
3,864

 

Pembrokeshire
3,172

 

Gwynedd
2,720

 

Ceredigion
2,638

 

Cardiff
2,099

 

Isle of Anglesey
1,928

 

Caerphilly
1,739

 

Merthyr Tydfil
1,605

 

Monmouthshire
1,565

 

Denbighshire
1,269

 

Conwy
1,210

 

Newport
1,037

 

Torfaen
813

 


Source: Welsh Government Priority Sector Statistics 2014

The highest numbers of Food and Farming jobs are found in Wales’ most rural counties.


 

Meet the Employers

These are some of the food and farming employers in Wales:

2 Sisters,  
Poultry Processers, Llangefni, Anglesey.


Rachel's Dairy Ltd, 
Dairy Farm and Food Manufacturer, Aberystwyth. 


Dunbia (Wales), 
Meat Plant, Llanybydder, 
Ceredigion.


The First Milk Cheese Company Limited
Creamery, Haverfordwest.

The Village Bakery Ltd, 
Bakers, Wrexham.


South Caernarfon
Creameries Ltd,

Farmer Owned Dairy
Co-operative Pwllheli, Gwynedd.


Randall Parker Foods Limited, 
Meat Processing and Packing, Llanidloes, Powys.


Memory Lane Cakes Ltd
Finsbury Food Group Plc, Food Manufacturer, Cardiff. 



What can I earn?

Salaries can vary depending on your experience, the employer and where you live. Higher salaries can be awarded for more senior positions. Salaries also vary for self-employed workers.

Job Salary range dependent on experience (£)


£12,000 - £30,000


£13,000 - £22,000


£13,000 - £24,000


£14,000 - £21,000


£14,000 - £25,000


£15,000 - £26,000


£17,000 - £29,000


£17,000 - £30,000


£17,000 - £31,000


£18,000 - £36,000


£22,000 - £35,000


£22,000 - £43,000


£22,000 - £46,000


£22,000 - £60,000


£23,000 - £42,000


£23,000 - £47,000


£23,000 - £47,000


£24,000 - £36,000


£24,000 - £45,000


£24,000 - £45,000


£25,000 - £60,000



Source: CASCAiD, 2015


Getting In

Some of the specialist training available:

  • Grassland Management
  • Understanding National and International Food Markets
  • Sustainability in Food and Drink
  • Improving biosecurity
  • Food Labelling
  • Assessing Farm Animal Health & Welfare
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media
  • Award in the safe use of Pesticides

There is a wide range of college courses in land based studies and food production available at different levels. Here are just a few examples:

  • BTEC National Diploma in Agriculture
  • Certificate in Horticulture 
  • Diploma in Land based studies 
  • NVQ in Livestock Production
  • NVQ in Food Manufacture 
  • Award in Food Safety in Manufacturing
  • Certificate for Proficiency in Brewing Industry Skills

There are also Apprenticeship opportunities.


Search for Apprenticeships Find a course

 

For some jobs, you will need to study a higher education course, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) Degree in Agriculture
  • Equine and Veterinary Bioscience 
  • Food Science and Technology 
  • Food Production Management
  • Agricultural Engineering 

Find out how to get into different Food and Farming jobs:

Try our Career Search Find a HE course


Get experience!

Get as much work experience as you can.  Lack of general work experience
is one of the top three reasons employers give for not employing someone.
Look at I need experience.


 

19% of Food and Farming workers have the equivalent of a Level 4 qualification or above. 
For example, a Higher National Certificate (HNC)



 

Skills in demand

The most important skills needed across the Food and Drink Supply Chain are:

  • Waste Awareness
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Sales and Merchandising
  • Business and Administration Skills
  • Operating and maintaining equipment
  • Sourcing
  • Food Technology
  • Management of raw materials

(Welsh Food and Drink Skills Project, 2014)


Do I need Welsh Language skills?

If you work in Wales, being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an advantage in the workplace, particularly if you are working in Welsh speaking areas.

Many Food and Farming jobs are based in the more rural areas of Wales where Welsh is often the first language. So whilst not essential, being able to speak Welsh may be an advantage in areas like Carmarthenshire, Gwynedd and Ceredigion. The ability to speak Welsh is becoming more important to agricultural businesses than for other parts of the food and drink supply chain.
(The Welsh Food and Drink Skills Project, 2014)    

New in the sector..

  • New technologies, such as electronic livestock tagging or GPS steering for tractors
  • Climate change, Protecting the Environment and Animal Welfare
  • GM Crop development
  • Regulations
  • Food Safety and Security
  • Waste Management
  • Sourcing of local products


In Food and Farming

 

46%
of Food and Farming employers say Welsh Language skills are ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ important.
(Welsh Government 2014)


What about the future?

Food and Farming will need people with science, technology and business skills

Fastest growing Food & Farming jobs in Wales, shown in percentage of growth.

 Animal Care Workers
28%


 Veterinarians
25%


 Veterinary Nurses
24%


 Production Managers in Manufacturing
24%


 Biological Scientists and Biochemists
22%


 Environmental Health Professionals
21%


 Fishing and Agricultural Workers
20%


 Environment Professionals
18%


 Managers in Agriculture and Horticulture
15%


 Conservation Professionals
15%


 Pest Control Officers
15%


 Bakers and Flour Confectioners
11%


 Forestry Workers
7%


Source: Working Futures 2012-2022

 


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