Peak industry body Agforce is partnering with the State Government to expand and upgrade agricultural training for secondary school students.
The partnership finalised this week, aims to ensure the successful Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools Program grew and continued to address skill shortages and attract students into a career in agriculture.
AgForce CEO Michael Guerin says it’s a good move.
“AgForce is delighted to be able to contribute its agricultural knowledge and expertise in training to expanding the engagement program for Agribusiness Gateway Schools. The program will increase opportunities for Queensland students to connect with the agriculture industry and offer professional development for teachers, building on the achievements of the successful Schools to Industry Partnership Program.”
The one-year agreement with Agforce follows consultation with industry organisations including the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, who provide advice on agriculture training through their role as a VET Industry Advisory Organisation.
Minister for Agriculture Mark Furner says he’s pleased with the program providing what he describes as a ‘modern approach to agriculture education in Queensland’.
“We are reinvigorating the Agribusiness Program to ensure we are giving young rural Queenslanders the best possible education and training in agriculture and agribusiness.”
“The program is one of a suite of initiatives the government is introducing to help prepare more young Queenslanders for work in the agricultural industry.”
“Other initiatives include the TAFE Queensland Rural Centre of Excellence being built in Toowoomba and the government’s VET in Schools and free TAFE programs.”
The new Agribusiness Program will continue to be reviewed during 2019.
For more information on Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Program visit https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/employers/gatewayschools/agribusiness.