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Head of Agriculture and Education

An exciting new senior role has been created by the East of England Agricultural Society as it embarks on a new strategy focused on agriculture and related education.
Heading up a team the successful candidate will play a key role in rolling out the Society’s plans to focus on educating audiences ranging from school children to the general public in food, farming and the countryside.
The successful candidate will, ideally have experience in farming, the foodchain, education and have a well developed network in these sectors. They will extend the range of activities from our successful Kids Country programme for primary schools and the Marshal Papworth Trust’s work with agriculturalists from overseas. They will also build on existing contacts with industry and education in the region.
Self-motivating and a team player with excellent communication skills in written and spoken word are key requirements.
Based in Peterborough, this new vacancy will provide a salary matched to experience along with a range of other benefits.
This is an opportunity to be in at the start of an exciting expansion of the Society’s activities for someone ready to step up in their existing career or someone already at a management level looking for a new challenge.
To apply in the first instance please send your full CV and a covering email about why you are interested in this role. Please email: recruitment@eastofengland.org.uk

 

If you are studying at an agricultural college or studying an agricultural-related degree course and are looking for work experience, please contact us with your CV by clicking here.

Careers in Agriculture

 

Last year, the Farmers Guardian initiated their #ThisisAgriculture campaign working with 18 key industry stakeholders from across the farming spectrum to highlight the vast career paths available in agriculture. Being a Society with the aim to promote Agriculture and rural life in the East of England, we aspire to attract new entrants into our industry and educate what the food, farming and rural industries deliver.

In a recent survey, only 5% of 16-36 years olds recognised that there were science and engineering careers in agriculture whilst only 7% made the connection between agriculture and environmental careers. The following fantastic video created by the Farmers Guardian shows the breadth and range of the opportunities in Agriculture.

 

 

Depending on your age or education level, there are a range of options on how you can enter into the Agriculture Industry which are outlined in the sections below.

Higher and Further Education

 

  • There is now a wide range of institutions offering a variety of agricultural-related courses across the UK. For people have completed GCSE’s, there is the option of studying for a Level 3, 4 or 5 National Certificate or Diploma often at a College.
  • If you have completed A-Levels, a National Certificate or Diploma, there is the option of studying for a Foundation Degree (Level 5) or Degree-level courses (level 6).
  • Stackyard has a useful website for finding institutions offering both College and University level qualifications.
  • WhatUni? display courses and reviews for a range of University level courses across the Agricultural sector.

Apprenticeships

 

  • Apprenticeships can be a great way to get more hands on experience and provide an entry route into the sector often as a general farm worker.
  • Often require GCSE’s (D-G) for Intermediate level apprenticeships (Level 2) and GCSE’s (A*-C) for Advanced level apprenticeships (Level 3).
  • If you are interested to see an insight into the life of an apprentice, Farmers Weekly’s Farmer Apprentice challenge below shows young people how they can get their foot into the Agricultural sector.

 

 

Jobs

 

  • If you would rather look for a job as opposed to going through the education route, Jobs in Agriculture shows local jobs available in the Agricultural sector.
  • Additionally, Farmers Weekly Jobs displays a range of occupations in the Agricultural sector.