Make a living off the land—or protect it

Agriculture, environmental and animal care careers will put you at the forefront of supplying the country with food, producing crops, and enriching the rural and urban environment.

Careers in this sector can be broken down into land management and production, animal health and welfare, and environmental industries. It’s not just about muddy wellies, unsocial working hours and manual labour, either. There are a wide variety of jobs in the sector, and while many of them are practical, requiring physical effort and work outdoors, there are also opportunities for people to work as skilled technicians, managers and other specialist roles.

Roles include general farm workers, gardeners, fencing contractors, tree surgeons and gamekeepers. There are also creative occupations available, such as floristry, as well as caring jobs that include working for animal welfare charities, as a veterinary nurse, or at a kennel or cattery. In addition, there are more technical roles on offer and many management opportunities.

You could take a look at the metal recycling general operative apprenticeship, which will train you in the intricacies of metal recycling, at a time when environmental work is rapidly increasing in importance.

All of the apprenticeships in this sector offer the chance to develop skills in practical, technical and specialised areas with opportunities for career progression. And if you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, then this could be a good place to start.

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