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Environment & Sustainability

Environment & Sustainability

It might surprise you to find out that a fifth of the Yorkshire region is rural with over 1,000 miles of national park and with Sheffield being the greenest city in the UK. Around a million people live in rural communities in the region and help support the 30,000 rural businesses who contribute £6 billion to the regional economy. Recent years have seen large changes to the agricultural sector and in farming practices, but despite the difficulties faced by the sector, events such as the Great Yorkshire Show staged in Harrogate still attract over 100,000 visitors every year which highlights just how important the sector is particularly in North and West Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Forward has agreed a strategic regional rural agenda to help support rural economic development and growth in Yorkshire. Details of their Rural Renaissance project can be found below.

Environment is one of Yorkshire Forward's seven clusters. It focuses on low carbon energy and energy management, water treatment and technologies, recycled manufacture and environmental monitoring and instrumentation. Yorkshire has around 1,500 companies involved both directly and indirectly with the environmental technologies cluster, generating £3.6 billion for the region's economy.

Jobs for graduates include roles in environmental conservation, agriculture, horticulture and landscape architecture. As there doesn't tend to be a high demand for workers in this area competition for graduates is often high. A relevant degree coupled with some good practical experience in the sector as well as a passion to work in the industry will be essential.

If a role in environment and sustainability sounds like the right thing for you, have a look around the related job roles for more information and some handy tips on how to gain some much need practical experience in the industry.

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Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs.

Rural Renaissance

Details of Yorkshire Forward's strategy for the rural economy in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire & Humber Rural Affairs Forum

This is the Rural Affairs Forum (RAF) introduced by DEFRA for the region, which is the means by which national and regional delivery of rural policies are reviewed and reported. It has also agreed the Yorkshire and The Humber Rural Framework which identifies 10 rural priorities for the region and set out the relationship between the RAF and other key bodies such as the Rural Board, the Rural Practitioners' Group and the Rural Observatory .

Environmental Careers

Portal for environmental careers in the UK.