Farm Ireland

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sunny outlook for graduates as food firms eye pick of crop

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

Fancy a spell away from Ireland's cold and wet? Well, Fyffes just might have the answer.

The fruit importers have vacancies for up to 12 graduates, with the posts mainly in Brazil, Florida, Panama and Costa Rica.

The company was one of 20 that participated in last week's careers open day in UCD which was organised by agricultural science students.

And Fyffes weren't the only firm looking for staff. Despite the shutdown in recruitment in the state sector, job prospects for graduates appear reasonably bright in the agri-food industry.

This was borne out in a survey of companies exhibiting at the careers day. Agricultural Science Association (ASA) president, Dr Frank O'Mara, pointed out that many of the firms on show have opportunities for graduates.

The major food companies Kerry, Glanbia, and Dairygold have a total of 35 vacancies in their graduate employment programmes, Mr O'Mara said.

Meanwhile, Dawn Meats are seeking 10 graduates, five in Ireland and five in Britain. Kepak will also have opportunities for two or three graduates to work in management.

Among the other companies present were Goulding, R&H Hall, Red Mills, Alltech, Devenish, Rosderra, dairy fertility company Cows365, ICBF, Lakelands, Arrabawn, Macra na Feirme and IFA.

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