Jobfarm Scotland launched to attract young people to work in the rural sector

12 June 2018

Jobfarm’s website www.jobfarm.org and associated online platforms will introduce young people aged 16 upwards to a host of farms and employers who offer short-term work experience roles in agriculture, food production and related rural industries.  Current opportunities listed include working on arable and stock farms, as tractor mechanics, game keeping, in farm shops, cafes and butcheries, as well as many other opportunities including agri tourism.

President of the RHASS, Sir Crispin Agnew said:  “It is vital that agricultural, food and related rural industries are seen as attractive modern work and career opportunities for young Scots. In this Year of Young People, RHASS is launching Jobfarm Scotland to raise awareness of these opportunities in the agricultural, food and rural industries. Jobfarm will provide details of work experience opportunities that are available and exclusive to Jobfarm.  At present they are only for the Lothians but the intention is to extend it nationally.”

Vice President Charlie Dudgeon, Head of Rural Agency for Savills said:  “A few generations ago everyone would have had a personal connection with agriculture, but with an increasingly urban population this connection has been lost. Jobfarm aims to raise awareness of the brilliant jobs and careers that are available in farming, food and the rural industries.”

Interesting and rewarding work and careers are available to those with or without qualifications, whether school leaver or college or university graduate. For those without qualifications, working on farms or in the food and rural industries can lead to gaining qualifications through the Scottish Colleges which offer courses.

To give young people a flavour of the sort of opportunities that may be open to them, the Jobfarm website hosts a range of videos featuring young people working in the sector.  Job roles currently featured include, tractor driver, stockman, farm assistant, apprentice mechanic, agricultural scientist, shepherd, farrier, farm secretary, agronomist, forester, equestrian, and rural planner.

The Final Report by the Scottish Government’s Agriculture Champions, published at the end of last month (May 2018) stated:  ‘Scottish farming must be more visible as a career option and must attract more young people, which will need a huge increase in focus from schools onwards… Generational renewal has been an issue for a long time and the opportunity to address it now must be taken.’  

Latest DEFRA findings reveal that the average age of a UK farmer has risen to 60, with succession planning topping the list of challenges facing family-run farms.  Jobfarm aims to reverse this trend and make Scottish farming and rural industries a more visible career option.

 
 

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Charles Dudgeon FRICS

Charles Dudgeon FRICS

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Rural Sales

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