General UK facts
- The environmental and land-based sector is dominated by very small businesses – 94 per cent employ fewer than five people.
- All the sector’s industries have difficulty recruiting and keeping employees. Current skills gaps include management and planning, ICT and technical, communications, literacy and numeracy skills.
- With concern over climate change, environmental industries are becoming increasingly important. There will be an increasing need for skills and knowledge in environmental management to reduce the effect of carbon emissions.
- If you want to work in the land-based and environmental sector, you have to like being outside in all weathers and you’ll need to be fit and strong.
South of England facts
- The South of England is home to a number of National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and many miles of Heritage Coast. The area also has some of the country’s most historic gardens and parks, and a large portion of England’s woodland.
- The South West is the biggest and most rural of all English regions. Nearly 120,000 people work in its land-based sector. Almost half the jobs are concentrated in agricultural livestock, followed by landscaping, agricultural crops and production horticulture.
- There are around 23,600 land-based businesses or organisations in the South West. Farming and food production are key to the local economy – this region produces three times as much food as the whole of Wales.
- Environmental technology is an emerging sector. There is huge potential to generate power from wave and wind energy, particularly in the Solent and South west areas.