Forces Farming and Cereals Partnership
Forces Farming represents the link between agriculture and the Armed Forces. We began promoting the agricultural industry as a new career to veterans and service leavers in 2019.
Forces Farming works to a four-step process that fits with potential employers, partner farms and participants in the transition process; Insight – Experience – Placement – Development
Insight days are hosted on farms. This provides an overview of the industry and allows farmers to explain directly to new entrants how they operate. This first step is key for ensuring they are interested and engaged in agriculture as a potential new career.
Experience events give service leavers an opportunity to dive deeper into a specific sector of the industry. Shadowing farmers, agronomists or an associated business provides the opportunity to look at particular areas of the industry in more detail.
Once service leavers have left the Armed Forces placement opportunities offer a first step in agricultural employment as they learn about their new career. During this time further education or training can be investigated and provided as employment develops.
Being part of the Forces Farming network offers development opportunities for participants meaning they can return and discuss further training or career opportunities. This network is also key as a way to support the new entrants and ensure this is a long-term career choice
The core focus of Forces Farming is to promote the agricultural industry to new entrants. Service leavers and veterans offer a multitude of transferable skills while the industry delivers rewarding and engaging jobs.