As the Coronavirus emergency progresses, opportunities in food are developing. Most are entry-level positions but there are managerial roles as well.
These roles offer a fantastic opportunity for ex-military people to use their crisis management skills as businesses are having to grow huge new departments very rapidly. The military community excels at that (in fact, military people often struggle with the day-to-day which follows).
Many of these roles may not initially appeal but consider them as Gateways to a new career. Your military training will kick in and you are likely to soon be promoted and take on new responsibilities as your true qualities shine forth.
Apply directly using the links embedded in the images of each opportunity.
This list is provided as a service to resettling personnel in these extraordinary times. No commercial relationship exists between Ruralink and any of these providers and no endorsement of their business is implied.
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This is the official site for the government's campaign to get people picking this harvest season. It provides links to employers as well as to sources of industry information.
The FAQs page is particularly informative.
Also, follow the link to the AHDB website for best practice for operating safely whilst implementing Covid-19 social distancing, or access it directly here:
HOPS Labour Solutions, Concordia Ltd and Fruitful Jobs are building a database of seasonal workers to bring in the harvest this year. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, UK farms have a shortage of seasonal labour to help pick and pack fruit and vegetables.
The recruitment team recognises that ex-military are reliable, robust candidates and will usually prioritise a veteran's application so be sure to mention that up front.
Successful applicants will receive training on the farm and can be assured that all farms, many of which are open fields, are following the correct procedures around safe working conditions during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Opportunities will arise as new crops become ripe, so these are not immediate start roles. The British growing season kicks off in earnest in May and there will be an increase in jobs in late April through the summer. The first jobs are likely to be harvesting strawberries, green beans and salads.
Please complete the application form direct through the link embedded in the image if you want to be contacted by Hops farms as these roles arise.
These roles are unlikely to lead directly to permanent positions but they will provide invaluable insight before starting a career in agriculture or the wider land-based sector. It is also physical work outdoors which could be hugely preferable to spending the summer in lock-down!
If you want support with your application, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are getting daily enquiries and about the "Land Army". There are actually several initiatives running across the country calling themselves the Land Army. Some are volunteer coordination schemes and others are employment/employer introduction schemes. Be sure you know whether you are applying for paid work or a volunteer scheme when signing up for a scheme.
Home Grown labour / Farm exchange: https://homegrown.earth/land-army/
Another, local, scheme in Kent is:
Kent Land Army: https://www.facebook.com/Kentslandarmy/
However, the biggest campaign is being run by a consortium of seasonal employment specialists who are using HOPS as their recruitment portal. If you sign up with them, they will contact you as appropriate work comes available. See below for links to their website which contains useful information about how the scheme works and how to arrange to work with a group of mates.
There are plans to allow furloughed workers to take up this type of seasonal work but the legislation has not yet been passed.
If you are interested in a career in agriculture but find yourself with a gap over summer, this might be a good option. Not only will you learn a great deal about the realities of farming but also are likely to make connections which may lead to future employment. At the very least, you will have relevant experience on your CV to inform future employment applications and interviews - at any level.
AND, YOU WILL HAVE HELPED .. FEED THE NATION
A Gateway Job is one where the values, skills and competencies you bring with you from your military career are of greater importance in the role than pre-existing knowledge of the target sector. These are therefore ideal roles in which to start a new career.
Ruralink is particularly keen to link service-leavers with employers offering a #GatewayJob.
Military personnel are generally not permitted to take on second jobs whilst serving, which can make it challenging to undertake work experience. In the land-based sector, there are countless opportunities to learn new, relevant skills and grow a professional network through voluntary roles. Ruralink Conservation Volunteers also provides a focus for service leavers seeking volunteer roles alongside fellow resettling personnel.
CIVILIAN WORK ATTACHMENTS
This is a brilliant scheme which allows service-leavers to undertake a workplace attachment whist still being paid by the MOD. The hosting employer is responsible for ensuring the attached service-leaver's safety at work and for providing meaningful experience; the MOD is responsible for pay, accommodation and transport. Such attachments often lead to offers of employment but, where they do not, the experience, professional connections, potential refernece and CV entry can be invaluable.
Ruralink is building a team of Ruralink Veteran Ambassadors across the services and in the land-based sector. Full details will be available soon but, if you think you may be interested, please get in touch now.
We have been approached by a gentleman who is actively seeking to start to hand over his business to the next generation.
He specifically wishes to consider ex-military personnel.
The business has built up a strong reputation for high-quality maintenance and refurbishment of privately-owned tennis courts. This is a physical, seasonal business working for exclusive clients in beautiful locations.
This opportunity would provide on-the-job training, business management mentoring and has plenty of scope for future expansion. The current owner is ready to retire but will be available to mentor his successor for a year to ensure a smooth transition.
If you would like to be your own boss, working outdoors in the spring and summer, get in touch and we will arrange and meeting with the business owner, which may lead to a one week trial period
Email email@example.com to express your interest or find out more.
This really is a fantastic opportunity.
LOCATION: near CHELTENHAM
Part-time (2-3 days per week with some flexibility).
Offered as either contract or employed (PAYE).
Ex-military specifically sought.
Essential qualifications: Basic cross cutting & maintenance certificate.
Desirable: Basic tractor experience.
Must be reliable and safety conscious.
"The rest can be taught!"
This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a large commercial farm with significant woodland and ambitious forestry development plans for the next few years.
You will be working with an experienced forester who knows the farm and will be supported to learn and develop in the role.
PAY: negotiable dependant on experience and contract type.
CLEAR ROUTE TO A PERMANENT FULL-TIME JOB
Apply via firstname.lastname@example.org
(Date posted: 12 Nov 2019)
LOCATION: CROPWELL BISHOP.
SUITABLE FOR: An individual looking for their first role in arable.
CAREER POTENTIAL: This is a gateway role which offers a fantastic learning experience. From here, either progress within the farm business or go on to further training or related work to build a career in commercial agriculture.
EMPLOYER QUOTE: The role offers a great deal of satisfaction for the right candidate with the opportunity to develop skills and qualifications. As the candidate progresses in the role there will be increased autonomy.
PAY: £28k plus overtime
SUITABLE FOR: A junior logistics operator with telehandler experience and an interest in agriculture and/or science.
CAREER POTENTIAL: This is a gateway role with a forces-friendly family company who are pushing technological and logistics development within the grain sector.
Either progress within the business or potentially take the experience gained here into a grain producer or analyst role to start developing a career in commercial agriculture.
EMPLOYER QUOTE: The job would suit a sensible, mechanically minded person who is able to deal with numerous farm machinery.
PAY: negotiable plus vehicle
This is a gateway role which will provide a real exposure to the way the dairy industry works. Either develop within the business, or move on to further training and develop a career leading to farm manager.
SUITABLE FOR: An individual looking for part-time or full-time work and who likes routine.
This is a geatway role whcih will provide a real exposure to the way the dairy industry works. Either develop within the business, or move on to further training and develop a career leading to farm manager.
EMPLOYER QUOTE: One of the family is ex-Army who works part-time on the farm and is also a Physical Trainer; he is very happy to talk to interested candidates before they formally apply.
PAY: £8.50 per hour
TREE SURGEON TEAM LEADER
· A tree surgery business based in Aldershot requires a Tree Surgeon Team Leader to manage a team of three. As well as leadership experience you will have several years as a "climber/tree surgeon" with appropriate climbing and tree-felling qualifications and (ideally) you'll have a military background.
· The role is central to the effective management of tree surgery and related jobs, both on and off-site. You will be able to coordinate activities, to plan ahead and adapt to changing situations delivering a high standard of service for customers at all times.
· You will be an effective team leader and problem solver, used to dealing with subcontractors, equipment and agencies to see a project through successfully to completion and within budget.
Offered by After The Military.
Download full job spec below.
Please mention Ruralink in your application.
The Buchanan Trust is a veterans charity based in Bosbury, Herefordshire who are seeking a military veteran to take on a ten-year tenancy of their 700 acre mixed farm. They will support a member of the military community through the tenancy bid process and provide further mentoring as required.
The trust was established after WW1 specifically to benefit veterans but has struggled to attract ex-military tenants in recent years. The farm's three smaller holdings were therefore consolidated a few years ago, including significant investment to achieve Red Tractor Assurance, and run in-hand as a commercial venture. However, the charitable purposes were judged not to be being achieved and the trust is therefore once again seeking a military tenant. This is a life-changing opportunity for the right person (or family) but should not be approached lightly - it will be hard work but could be very profitable - as well as satisfying!
DOWNLOAD THE FARM SPECIFICATION HERE
Find out more about the Buchanan Trust HERE.
Do contact the Buchannon Trust directly with any questions or to arrange a visit. If you require support in considering whether such a move is right for you, or whether you are qualified, do email email@example.com
THIS IS A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY AND THE TRUST WILL BE FLEXIBLE TO SUPPORT THE RIGHT TENANT.
"We will positively discriminate towards veterans with the right qualifications."