An introduction to Ruralink and an appeal for more farmers to offer work experience to resettling military personnel.
Originally timed to coincide with the run up to the annual Royal Highland Show, which has of course now been cancelled for this year, this coverage in the NFU-S's members' magazine will hopefully generate awareness and opportunities for personnel resettling in Scotland.
If you are interested in hosting a service-leaver for a day or several weeks, do read about Rupert Shaw's experience of doing so (in the blue strip to the right of the article) and then get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rupert Shaw, featured in this article, is willing to host resettling personnel seeking work experience with red deer or cattle at Gledpark. Interested? Follow the link to the farm webpage and then either contact him directly or email email@example.com to discuss further.
FarmED - 1 April 2020
Released by FarmED in April, this short compilation of interviews with Fiona Galbraith and Sam Meredith demonstrate the potential for ex-forces people to get on in the land-based sector.
Recorded at FarmED and released on 1 April 2020
The British ex-Forces in Business Awards showcase all that is good in the growing world of veteran entrepreneurs.
They were kind enough to publish a focus article on Ruralink which you can read here:
Published online on 1 June 2020
"Alumni wishing to offer work experience or potentially employ a veteran are invited to attend The Rural List, a networking event which builds connections across the land-based and military communities, or contact Fiona directly through www.ruralink.org.uk
Published in LANDMARK, Issue 18, 2020
The one in which ex-Army and RAF personnel highlight the transferable skills of several veterans who have successfully brought their military skills to bear in the land-based sector.
LINK EXPIRED 20 FEB 2020.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 22 January 2020.
Journalist: Sally Challoner
A short article introducing The Rural List and the intention to expand in 2020.
February 2020 edition, page 31.
Kim John, Communications Manager, CLA has written an article highlighting the positive impact veterans can have in the rural business sector.
“Ruralink hosts The Rural List ... bringing together veterans and employers from across the rural economy and giving both parties an insight into how they can help each other.
“Ruralink also works with rural employers to identify ‘gateway’ jobs for new entrants.”
August 2019 edition, from page 32.
CLA members can access it here: https://www.cla.org.uk/about/members-area/land-business-magazine#
Photograph of magazine article entitled “Your country needs you”
Written by Fiona, this third and final instalment of the series provides information of where to find out more and how to prepare for your land-based career. It also seeks to inspire you by pointing out that skills you already have are readily transferable to the sector, such as:
Training. Emerging applied skills, such as drone operations, robotics, data analysis, farm safety and many more all offer opportunities for high quality training interventions.
Project Management. As larger farms and other businesses adapt to the changing context of food production, by changing from intensive to conservation or regenerative farming systems, for example, or by entering into cooperative farming or contractor contracts, they need project or change managers to bring these in.
Operations Management. Rural businesses are getting larger [and] require a staff to run them effectively, not all of whom need to be steeped in the core business. This offers an interesting opportunity for military operations staff.
Data Management and Analysis. Increasingly performance data, disease control and even land conservation systems are developing using the latest remote and hand-held technologies. Military experience of designing, managing and analysing big data is very transferable.
Published in the July 2019 edition (page 16 onwards).
Read more: https://cloud.3dissue.com/6374/7271/15135/PFJul19/index.html?r=85
"I had a fantastic chat with Fiona Galbraith about land based careers for veterans. What a huge sector ... Fiona explains how to access some terrific opportunities in this 30 min podcast."
Recorded by The Data Educator for the Institute of Leadership and Management (Redeploying Leadership Group) on 26 June 2019.
Written by Fiona, this second instalment of the three-part series introduces a host of real-life examples of ex-military making a success across the range of rural business.
"Many resettling personnel dream of working outdoors and avoiding a desk job ...
"One of the many exciting areas is the development of specialist technology in agriculture, “agri-tech”, including automation, artificial intelligence (AI), including the increasing use of robots and drones and related big data analysis. Another opportunity to those interested in seasonal or project work is the increasing contractorisation of farming and horticultural processes driven by the increasing complexity and therefore cost of equipment such as modern tractors, which provides opportunities for project managers, fleet managers, logistics specialists as well as heavy vehicle and tracked vehicle drivers and mechanics.
"Ex-forces personnel are particularly well-suited to these roles, as we tend to have the interpersonal skills to rapidly form new teams and interact effectively with potential clients. The British Forces “brand” also transmits reliability, punctuality and presentability, all of which are highly prized in the rural sector."
Published in the June 2019 edition (page 17 onwards).
Written by Fiona, this first instalment in a three-part series introduces the wide range of careers within the land-based sector.
The UK has over 70% of its land area given over to agriculture, an industry valued at £26 billion, representing over 7% of Europe’s total agriculture market, contributing around £24 billion in revenue and around £8.5 billion of Gross Value Added to the UK economy in 2015. Other land-based industries take the land-use figure up to 90% and also make significant contributions to the national purse. In short, this is a significant employment sector.
Service leavers’ trademark qualities of: reliability, robustness, resilience, hard-work, health and safety awareness, problem-solving approach, team-orientation and leadership give them an advantage over many non-military job applicants. Once you add in specialist trade skills such as, but not limited to, engineering, data analysis, project management, facilities management, planning, operations management, leadership, equipment/ fleet management, logistics, warehousing and supply and finance, there is a world of opportunity open to you. An additional opportunity in the land-based sector is the on-going “agritech revolution”, which is creating new jobs and potential careers every day.
(Agritech is defined as “the use of technology in any growing environment that will assist in feeding the projected 10 billion [global population] by 2050 and maintaining a healthy planet.”
Published in May 2019 edition (page 22 onwards).
Introduces The Rural List to the farming community.
"Ex-forces personnel have wide ranging skills and qualities that make them excellent employees in agricultural roles.
"Fiona says, “There’s obviously the resilience and robustness needed to work outdoors, but they have great problem-solving capabilities, practical skills, the ability to work long hours and to show initiative in a crisis.
“They’re enthusiastic, have great interpersonal skills, they’re fantastic team players, have an aptitude for project management – and mountains of determination. These are the skills that rural businesses are crying out for."
Published online on 7 May 2019
Published in the 10 May 2019 magazine.
Matt Offord, Mark Budd and Fiona Galbraith discuss what a successful military-to-civilian transition looks like.
There is lots of great advice throughout the 30 minutes but if you have less time, suggested highlights are at:
05.15 - Self-awareness underpins success,
09.20 - Top few qualities of service-leavers,
12.04 - Essential portable qualities of military people,
13.03 - The importance of isolating the individual contribution to team success,
14.12 - Finding professional evidence in your non-military life experience,
20.34 - Synergies between the military and land-based sector.
Recorded in July 2018 for the Institute of Leadership and Management.