Here at Change Agents UK, our focus has always been on employment in the sustainability sector, but in these trying times we recognise that sustainability is a broad concept. Alongside maintaining health and wellbeing, people whose livelihoods have been lost will be focused on looking for suitable work opportunities in order to help support themselves and their families. There is also a clear need to maintain essential supplies and deliveries of food and other essentials during the crisis, and to provide and support the necessary infrastructure to allow as much work as possible to continue under lockdown. There are also a number of valuable volunteering opportunities supporting local communities, particularly those who are vulnerable. The work emerging as a result of some of the responses to coronavirus will directly relate to several of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Therefore, this week, we are using our blog to point any job seekers to employers that are hiring, albeit mainly for temporary roles.
"Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, UK farms have a shortage of seasonal labour to help pick and pack fruit and vegetables. British workers are being encouraged to apply for these paid positions on local farms across the UK.
HOPS is working with Fruitful and Concordia to help find people to fill positions on UK farms. Successful applicants will receive training on the farm and can be assured that all farms, many of which are open fields, are following the correct procedures around safe working conditions during the Coronavirus outbreak."
LOCATION: UK wide
DURATION: Peak demand for people to work will be between May and September