Pig farmer from Bury St Edmunds breaks with family tradition to become an electrician
Pig farmer Alan Robinson is breaking with familytradition after changing career and retraining to become an electrician.
His son and brother are both pig farmers while his father also did it for more than 30 year.
But a National Farmer’s Union report has shown a drop in confidence in the industry.
And at 49, Alan dec ided it was time to do something else and so contacted New Career Skills.
“I do still enjoy pig farming but I wanted to do something different. As I get older I’m not coping so well with the bad weather,” Alan said.
He felt becoming an electrician would be the most well paid and interesting job he could do.
Despite working up to 70 hours a week, he has been busy retraining and hopes to launch AR Electrical later this month.
He then intends to cut back on his pig farming until he can go full time with his new career.
“It is going to be a big change of lifesytle.
“I’m not necessarily doing it to make more money, but to make the same amount working less hours,” said Alan.
But he says he is looking forward to working with people instead of pigs.
“The downside of working with animals is the smell. My wife makes me have a bath as soon as I get in,” said Alan.
To find out about retraining with the New Career Skills call 0800 037 9934 or visit www.newcareerskills.co.uk
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