The food & agriculture sector involves the cultivation of animals, plants, and other life forms to enable us to manufacture food and drink. Think livestock – dairy cows, cattle for beef, sheep for wool and lamb, pigs and poultry. Think crops – wheat, oats, peas, oilseed rape and grass for your livestock.

3.8% of employment in the Humber is in Food & Agriculture

For more information click to go to Lantra website

More information on the agricultural, animal and environmental industries can be found on the National Guidance Research Forum website at Warwick University.

Information on food & drink careers can be found at Taste Success

The following links give examples of some of the larger companies operating in the area:

Did You Know?

  • The Food & Agriculture Sector accounts for 8% of the region’s workforce, employing 13,900 people
  • In the Humber region 2,645 businesses operate in the Food and Agriculture sector accounting for 2% of all businesses in the area.
  • In 2014, 222 new jobs were created in the food manufacturing industry in the Humber
  • Jobs in the sector are requiring higher level skills. This is mainly due to increased use of technology
  • Agriculture in Yorkshire & the Humber is a strong industry showing a rise in total income of 37% in recent years
  • 96% of land-based businesses in the Humber employ fewer than 10 people
  • For the Humber, the manufacturing and production of food and beverage products plays a large part in this sector; Yorkshire and the Humber is the country’s largest food producing

Will there be opportunities available?

• In the next ten years (2010 to 2020) Lantra estimate that the agriculture sector will need a minimum of 194,000 more people nationally.

Agriculture
 Level  Pathways  Job Examples  Salary Guide
Level 8

Involves achievement of high level professional knowledge and is appropriate for people working as knowledge based professionals or in professional management positions

NVQs level 5Vocational qualifications level 8

Doctorate

Technical BrewerAs a technical brewer you would be in charge of the entire beer production process. You would oversee the brewing process, maintain machinery in the plant and manage other workers. You would make sure that the beer produced was high quality and the taste was consistent.Vet

Zoo Keeper

New Product Development Manager

 £30,000 + p/a
Level 7

Involves achievement of high level professional knowledge and is appropriate for people working as knowledge based professionals or in professional management positions

BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 7Fellowship and fellowship diploma

Postgraduate certificate

Postgraduate diploma

NVQ level 5BTEC Advanced P

rofessional award, certificate and diploma level 7

Master’s degree

Technical BrewerAs a technical brewer you would be in charge of the entire beer production process. You would oversee the brewing process, maintain machinery in the plant and manage other workers. You would make sure that the beer produced was high quality and the taste was consistent.Vet

Zoo Keeper

New Product Development Manager

£30,000 + p/a
Level 6Involves achievement of high level professional knowledge and is appropriate for people working as knowledge based professionals or in professional management positions NVQ level 4BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 6

Bachelor’s degree

Graduate certificate

Graduate diploma

Agricultural EngineerAgricultural engineers design, install and service agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery and equipment. They also advise farmers, landowners and government departments on countryside issues. These could range from crop diversity through to sustainable land use. 

Arboriculture Officer

Landscape Architect

Rural Surveyor

Agricultural Accountant

Packaging Technologist

Manufacturing Engineer

Food Scientist

£25,000 + p/a
Level 5Appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers NVQ level 4
Higher diplomaBTEC Professional award, certificate and diploma level 5

HNC

HND

Diploma of higher education

Diploma of further education

Foundation degree

Agricultural EngineerAgricultural engineers design, install and service agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery and equipment. They also advise farmers, landowners and government departments on countryside issues. These could range from crop diversity through to sustainable land use. 

Arboriculture Officer

Landscape Architect

Rural Surveyor

Agricultural Accountant

Packaging Technologist

Manufacturing Engineer

Food Scientist

£18,000 + p/a
Level 4Appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others Certificate of higher educationKey Skills level 4

NVQ level 4

BTEC Professional award, certificate and diploma level 4

HNC

AgronomistAgronomists offer an advisory service and specialist support to Farmers. They advise and work with Farmers to make sure crop production on arable farms is performing well.Farm Manager

Conservation Officer

Meat Inspector

£18,000 + p/a
Level 3
Involves obtaining knowledge and skills. It is appropriate for people wishing to go to university, working on their own or in some areas, supervising others in their field of work
AS and A level
AdvancedExtension Award

Cambridge International award

International Baccalaureate

Key Skills level 3

NVQ level 3

Advanced diplomaProgression diplomaBTEC award, certificate and diploma level 3

BTEC National

OCR National
Cambridge National

AgronomistAgronomists offer an advisory service and specialist support to Farmers. They advise and work with Farmers to make sure crop production on arable farms is performing well.Farm ManagerConservation Officer

Meat Inspector

Agricultural Contractor

Agricultural Engineering Technician

Forest Worker

Game Keeper

Tree Surgeon

Food Production Operative

Packing Line Operator

Purchasing Clerk

Quality Control Technician

£14,000 + p/a
Level 2Involves building knowledge and or skills in relation to an area of work or subject area appropriate for many job roles GCSE (grades A*-C)Key Skills level 2

NVQ level 2

Skills for Life level 2
Higher diplom

BTEC award, certificate and diploma level 2
Functional Skills level 2

Agricultural ContractorAgricultural contractors provide services to farmers who don’t have the time, staff or resources available to do certain jobs themselves. As a contractor you might work in crop spraying, fertiliser application or harvesting. You might also work with animals, for example breeding and lambing.Agricultural Engineering Technician

Forest Worker

Game Keeper

Tree Surgeon

Food Production Operative

Packing Line Operator

Purchasing Clerk

Quality Control Technician

£14,000 + p/a
Level 1Involves activities which mostly relate to everyday situations and may be linked to job competence GCSE (grades D-G)Key Skills level 1

NVQ level 1

Skills for Life level 1

Foundation diploma

BTEC award, certificate and diploma level 1

Foundation Learning level 1

Functional Skills level 1

OCR National

Horticultural Worker
As a horticultural worker, you could be involved in plant production, selling plants in garden centres or tending to plants in parks and gardens.FarmWorker

Picker

Machinery Operator

£12,000 + p/a
EntryInvolves building basic knowledge and skills and is not geared towards specific occupations Entry level certificateEntry level Skills for Life

Entry level award, certificate and diploma

Entry level Functional Skills

Entry level Foundation Learning

English for speakers of other languages

Horticultural Worker
As a horticultural worker, you could be involved in plant production, selling plants in garden centres or tending to plants in parks and gardens.Farm Worker
Picker
Machinery Operator
£12,000 + p/a