The Rural and Land-Based sector is as it suggests very much to do with working on or with the land. Probably suited best to those people that like the outdoors, love nature but also relevant to scientists who might like to study the weather or work with animals and plants. Many jobs in this sector also require engineering skills and qualifications.
There is a diverse range of jobs related to this industry from Farmer or farm hand to environmental management and even meteorology (the study of weather). With significant areas of the Coastal West Sussex being rural this is very much a prominent and popular sector.
The South Downs and the National Park provide many opportunities for jobs and careers and we are lucky to also have colleges specialising in land based qualifications such as Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Agriculture, Equestrian, Blacksmithing and Farming.
rural [rur-al] adjective
- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the country, country life, or country people; rustic.
land [land] noun
- any part of the earth’s surface not covered by a body of water; an area of ground with reference to its nature or composition; rural or farming areas, as contrasted with urban areas.
The excellent soil, rural environment and high quality light mean that some local areas within the Coast to Capital region are amongst the most important parts of the country for growing and food production. There are land-based industry colleges at Brinsbury and Plumpton; a major horticultural cluster in Arun and Chichester; a wide range of high quality agricultural businesses; and vineyards that produce some of England’s finest wines. In addition, there are two international food research and development centres and a range of specialist food manufacturers.
Employers in this sector include landowners and farmers, food producers and also estates such as Goodwood.
For an introduction into the wider range of courses available to you locally in this sector, watch this short video by Chichester College
Here are some examples of jobs in this sector:
- Arboricultural Officer
- Agricultural Engineer
- Animal Care Worker
- Horticulture Manager
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Stamp images: Carved Man by Lewis, Highdown by Joe, Worthing landscape Kevin, Arundel by Megan, Barn owl ©Darin SmithSussex Wildlife Trust.