Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care Employer Industry Board 

At City & Guilds, we collaborate with a wide range of key industry experts and employers to ensure the skills employers need are met for a more productive workforce.

To demonstrate our commitment to meeting employers' needs in the Land-based Services industry, we formed our Employer Industry Board (EIB).

The EIB comprises employers, professional associations, and other sector bodies and specialists to ensure our products and services are fit for purpose and meet the requirements of our industries.

Please expand the accordions below for more information on the occupational specialisms our employer industry board members and partners support.

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Animal Care and Management

The animal care industry is worth £1 billion to the UK economy. Within it, there are approximately 13,000 businesses made up of 78,000 employees and a high number of volunteers. It is a diverse industry with sub-specialisms which include boarding kennels, catteries, breeders, training, grooming, animal welfare charities, zoos, wildlife parks, public services, and performing animals in film and television. 

Crop Production

Within the UK agriculture industry there are 150,000 businesses which make up 6% of all UK businesses. These businesses employ 660,000 people across crop and livestock. Crop production businesses focus on managing field crops, for example businesses who deal with wheat, oats, peas, oilseed rape and grass for your livestock, and container grown crops such as fruit, salads and vegetables.

Equine Care and Management

The equine industry includes businesses working with horses, ponies and donkeys. There are more than 19,000 horse businesses alone, with 41,200 employees and lots of volunteers. Equine businesses include riding schools, livery yards, competition yards, trekking centres, breeders, trainers, welfare charities and freelance services.

Floristy

The floristry industry is predominantly retail and has specialisms within it to cover events; floral design, creation, retail, wholesale, and delivery. It is made up of 8,400 businesses that are mainly micro-businesses and contribute £1.5 million to the UK.

Horticulture

Horticulture, landscaping and sports turf plays a crucial role in the design, construction, management, and maintenance of the UK, employing around 172,000 people. Specialisms include landscaping, sports, golf, botanical gardens, parks.

Land Based Engineering

The land-based engineering industry in the UK is worth £4 billion. It is made up of approximately 3,350 businesses and 22,850 employees. The business types include dealerships, manufacturers, ground care, forestry, and garden machinery dealers and manufacturers. 

Livestock Production

Within the UK agriculture industry there are 150,000 businesses which make up 6% of all UK businesses. These businesses employ 660,000 people across crop and livestock. Livestock production businesses include managing dairy cows, cattle for beef, sheep for wool and lamb, pigs, and poultry. It also includes managing crops for your livestock. 

Trees and Woodlands

The trees and woodlands industry includes the specialisms of forestry, arboriculture, harvesting and timber processing businesses. It contributes more than £286 million to the UK economy and employs an estimated 22,452 people through 3,920 businesses.