Career day aimed at busting myths about working in agriculture

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A series of successful career days aimed at busting myths about working in agriculture took place in Albury on Tuesday, 21 May, Griffith on Wednesday, 22 May and Wagga Wagga on Thursday, 23 May.

AgriFutures Australia, Training Services NSW and TAFE NSW hosted over 300 students at the Ag Industry Days, an event that showcased the diverse career opportunities in Australia’s agricultural industry.

The one-day workshops involved Year 9 and 10 school students who engaged with local agricultural professionals and businesses at the forefront of innovation in agriculture.

With the goal of inspiring the next generation of agriculture professionals, the days showcased an array of some of the most exciting career opportunities available in agriculture, ranging from biotechnicians and soil scientists to agricultural engineers and agronomists.

Manager, Workforce Delivery at AgriFutures Australia, Abbey O’Callaghan, said the workshops were developed in response to recommendations from the Cultivating Futures report. The report emphasised the need to broaden the conversation about roles in the industry and showcase new technology as a selling point.

“Some of the world’s biggest challenges are directly related to agriculture: food security, sustainability, and climate change. The Ag Industry Days challenged the idea that agriculture is just farming and showcased to students the opportunities in the industry right on their doorstep.

“Importantly, we wanted to inspire students to embrace STEM and agricultural subjects as they progress into their senior school years.”

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Agriculture Rob Harris said the Ag Industry Days gave students a valuable glimpse at an exciting industry where job opportunities were plentiful.

“The Riverina-Murray agriculture industry is booming and with that growth comes strong demand for skilled workers.

“TAFE NSW is proud to be training the agricultural leaders of tomorrow and ensuring they have the practical skills and real-world experience to help the industry thrive.

“This event will help inspire many of these students to continue their studies at TAFE NSW and forge successful careers in agriculture.”

According to Katie Friedlieb, Senior Project Officer at Training Services NSW, the events provided students insights into an industry that may not be on their radar.

“Agriculture is no longer just about the traditional farmer, and we need professionals working in the sector in an off-farm capacity too,” Katie said. “The Ag Industry Days were an informal and interactive day for students to see the bigger picture.”

Media contact
Abbey O’Callaghan
AgriFutures Australia
0497 996 096

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