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Opportunities at Agri Careers Fair 2017

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Opportunities at Agri Careers Fair 2017


Wednesday, March 15, 2017 




Opportunities at Agri Careers Fair 2017

Agri Careers 2017 will take place on Thursday 30 March 2017 at the RDS Main Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, and there are lost of reasons why anyone with an interest in a career in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Science, Mechanical Engineering and lots more should go along. There will be opportunities on offer from apprenticeship to graduate level and lost more. 

Schools Zone

Brand new at the Agri Careers Fair this year is the Schools Zone - a fund and interactive hub for secondary school students which will showcase how they can best prepare themselves for the Leaving Cert, and how they can ensure they make the right CAO choice, particularly if they are interested in pursuing a third-level course in the area of agriculture or food science.

Agricultural Apprenticeships

CLAAS is looking for apprentices and will be recruiting at the Agri Careers Fair. The international company which is headquartered at Harsewinkel in Germany, is looking for people with a passion for agricultural machinery, from any walk of life that have an active interest and really want to take this on as a career, and not just a job.

Successful candidates will begin their apprenticeship between mid to late August this year, and the closing date for applications will fall approximately a month before that – at the end of July at the very latest. On average, 22 apprentices are taken on by CLAAS dealers every year across Ireland and the UK, subject to business demands. Apprentices don’t have to go for an interview with CLAAS. They go for an interview with the dealer and if the dealer is happy with them, he or she will take them on. CLAAS will support candidtaes in finding a dealership that is willing to employ them. “If we know of an apprentice who is looking for a place and we know they’re local to a dealer and that dealer wants to take an apprentice on, then we point the apprentice at them and vice versa,” says Andrew Dunne, academy manager with CLAAS.

Over the course of their four-year programme, the apprentices attend set block periods with technical apprentices attending Barony College near Dumfries in Scotland, and parts apprentices attending Reaseheath near Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

While a mechanical aptitude is one key quality, CLAAS wants applicants with a genuine interest in the industry. It is extremely important to the company. CLASS also want to see more females applying as there aren’t many women working in the industry and everybody is capable of doing the role.

Find out more about CLASS agricultural apprenticeship here.

Open eir Apprenticehsips

Open eir will be recruiting 50 new apprentices and you can meet the company at this year’s Agri Careers Fair to find out more. The telecommunications company is hiring 50 apprentices, and interested candidates have until 8th April to get their applications in.

Applicants will have the opportunity to work as customer service and assurance technicians where the primary focus will be on the maintenance and repair of equipment. The two-year programme provides on-the-job learning, one-to-one coaching and formal classroom training: it will begin in September and run for two years. Successful applicants will also receive a Level 6 FETAC Telecommunications Access Networks Technology Award. Those who have passed their Leaving Certificate are eligible to apply. Interested parties should visit www.earlytalent.eir.ie and the Agri Careers Fair where they can speak to representatives of the company and submit CVs.

Agri Careers 2017 will take place on Thursday 30 March 2017 in the RDS Main Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, brought to you by Irish Farmers Journal and open eir.

Click here for more information. Click here to register for Agri Careers 2017.

Summer Internships

Horse Racing Ireland will be recruiting for seven summer internships at this year’s Agri Careers Fair. Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), the national authority for thoroughbred horseracing here and is looking to fill three internship positions and four racecourse internship positions.

HRI is involved in activities within the racing department, the betting division and the marketing department of Irish horseracing. It also delivers direct services to several racecourses throughout the country. The three HRI internships will be based at its headquarters at Ballymany, Co Kildare. Here, interns will work within the marketing team of HRI and will help run all marketing activities. Successful candidates will be involved with event management, digital marketing, database management and PR.

Racecourse interns will be based at either Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Navan or Tipperary. These positions will see interns gaining experience in marketing, logistics, sales, operations and administration sections of the racecourses, all of which contribute to the successful running of a racecourse. These are all paid internships and will last for a duration of 10 to 12 weeks. Successful candidates are also expected to work 9am to 5pm, with occasional weekend work also. To apply, download an application form from the goracing.ie page and send it, along with your CV, to internships@hri.ie.

The closing date for applications is 31st March at 5pm. To learn more about these internships, attend this year’s Agri Careers fair where you can speak to a representative of HR.

Graduate Opportunities

Fyffes is launching its 2017 graduate programme at the Agri Careers Fair and will be recruiting up to 10 graduates. There were 700 applicants for Fyffes’ 2016 graduate programme but only 12 made the final cut – and eight of these were found at last year’s Agri Careers Fair (so if you didn’t believe us before when we said the Fair was worth a visit ...). William Faulkner, head of human resources at Fyffes plc, says some of those who eventually made it on to the programme came and spoke to Fyffes twice at last year’s fair. 

Beef Processing Industry

Ashbourne Meats is recruiting 16 people at Agri Careers Fair. The beef processor which employs over 200 people, is looking for people to fill positions in procurement, technical, sales, animal welfare, supply chain management and accounts at this year’s Agri Careers Fair.

The beef processor will also be looking for five boning hall operatives and five slaughter hall operatives. “With more cattle on the horizon and more markets opening, we’re going to need more skilled people to match the Foodwise 2025 vision for the beef industry in Ireland,” says HR officer Donal Houlihan. The roles will be based in either its Naas or Roscrea facilities.

  • Procurement - As a member of the procurement team, you will be viewing cattle and liaising with farmers, buying cattle and matching cattle to sales orders.
  • Technical - This individual will be given the responsibility of carrying out quality control checks on the product, as well as dealing with customer-specific issues. They must also deal with customer and regulatory audits.
  • Sales - The chosen individual will carry out market research on new markets and will be involved in product development. An element of international travel will be involved in the role, as well as customer management.
  • Animal welfare This role requires an individual who can ensure cattle are in a fit state for slaughter. The individual will deal with farmers and inspect cattle on arrival. Supply chain management The individual will be arranging the delivery of goods to customers and dealing with international transport companies to ensure timely delivery. They will be dealing with the sales team to ensure the produce meets the required specifications.
  • Accounts - This individual will work on cost analysis, credit controls and on costumer account reports.
  • Boning hall operatives - Full training on all steps of the deboning process will be provided to the five individuals that are chosen. Individuals will debone the meat, trim and weigh it. Again, full training will be provided. The individual will learn how to slaughter the cattle and will be fully trained on machine operations, carcase-cutting and offal recovery.

The CareersPortal Team