Round Up: Agri Careers 2017
open eir, for the second year running, partnered with The Irish Farmers Journal to bring the Agri Careers Fair to the RDS, where employers from across the agricultural industry met with top talent to place the 1000+ jobs that were on offer.
This year, the event had doubled in size and it included several new elements such as the AG TECH hub which brought together a unique combination of technology leaders, industry leaders driving innovation in the ag industry, start-ups and the investor community; who all highlighted the opportunities that exist when agricultural and technological sectors work together.
Speakers at the main stage included Tara McCarthy (CEO, Board Bia), Philip King (musician and presenter of South Wind Blows) and Vanessa Tierney (Chairman, Abodoo who spoke about a connected Ireland and what that really meant .
In reference to connectivity in rural Ireland, Tara McCarthy emphasized the importance of “Moving your business towards the benefits that digital can bring”, whereas Vanessa Tierney highlighted the expression of interest from companies such as Apple, Amazon and Shopify for fully remote employee’s, and estimated that “by 2020 60% of people will be working from home remotely”.
Regarding today’s economic climate, Philip King noted that “We have been enabled hugely by the arrival of a broadband infrastructure. This will give Ireland a competitive edge if we are going to differentiate ourselves in a post Brexit/Trump universe”
1 in 8 jobs in Ireland are supported by the agricultural industry. Although the roles on offer were primarily agri based, the sector alsohihglighted the need for experienced and qualified resources in the areas of IT, accounting, marketing and human resources and this was reflected in the various stands and job listings. A huge number of the roles are be based throughout rural Ireland. There were 53 companies present, plus a further 11 in the AG TECH hub, with a total of 1,222 jobs available on the day.
Speaking at the event, Orlagh Nevin, Commercial Director said “We’re proud to partner with The Irish Farmers Journal again this year for the Agri Careers Fair – it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the exciting and varied opportunities offered by Ireland’s agricultural sector. We are working hard to bring high speed broadband to rural Ireland and this will help to fundamentally change the way people in the agri sector conduct business and engage online.. We are delighted one of last year’s attendees, Ronan McDermott from Roscommon, successfully applied to the eir apprentice programme after meeting us here in 2016. Ronan is now part of our team rolling out 1,000 megabit fibre broadband to 300,000 rural homes and businesses across Ireland. We’re hoping to meet more people like Ronan as we look for a further 50 apprentices to join the programme.”
Speaking to the RTE Six One News (Skip to 29:37) Orlagh reinforced open eir’s ambition to create a nationwide country that you can live, and work in.