The Farm Secretary will work alongside the Farm Manager and will deal with the business side of the farm or estate. Duties may include keeping records of livestock, dealing with invoices and payments, completing forms for government grants and subsidies, dealing with tax returns and VAT, sorting out payroll for employees and general administrative duties.
You may find it useful to do a college course in a relevant subject like a:
- Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
- Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts
- Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration
- Level 3 Certificate in Accounting
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
The following local colleges offer courses in Business:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- One Sixth Form College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You could get into this job through a business administrator advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
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You could take a training course through a professional body like The Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators. These courses can be done whether you're working in the farming industry or are looking for a change of career.
An understanding of farming or rural life will be helpful, particularly if you've lived or worked on a farm before.
You can find out more about working as a farm secretary through The Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators.
You’ll usually need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths.
You’ll also need experience of office administration and knowledge of bookkeeping.
It may help if you've lived or worked on a farm.
You could take a college course in secretarial work, business administration, bookkeeping or accounting. You could also take a short course with the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators (IAgSA).
Lantra has more information about working in the farming industry.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could become a farm manager.
You could also move into other types of rural business, like stables or countryside management, or use your business and administrative skills in other industries.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Admin assistant
- Good IT skills
- Good head for figures
- A strong interest in farming issues
- The ability to work on your own
- To be thorough and pay attention to detail
£16,000 to £37,000