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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.
of farmers are aged over 55.
Demand for new recruits will
(Welsh Food and Drink Skills Project, 2014)
of Welsh agricultural workers are self-employed.(Welsh Government 2014)
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)
people are employed
in the care of animals
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
What jobs can I do?
Some of the jobs in Food and Farming you could do:
Food and Drink Manufacture
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:
Poultry Processers, Llangefni, Anglesey.
Rachel's Dairy Ltd,
Dairy Farm and Food Manufacturer, Aberystwyth.
Meat Plant, Llanybydder,
The First Milk Cheese Company Limited
The Village Bakery 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.
Source: CASCAiD, 2015
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.
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:
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.
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
- 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)
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