School leavers exploring career pathways are encouraged to consider a future in the agriculture industry.
The Agricultural Pathways Program is a two-year course, open to budding agronomists, livestock managers and farmers wanting to get a head start in their agriculture careers.
Successful applicants will join the Department of Primary Industries’ 13,000-hectare research station portfolio as farm assistants.
They will immerse themselves in on-the-job learning, with key duties including general crop, pasture, animal and farm operations, horticultural activities, livestock handling, tractor and farm equipment maintenance, and general farm upkeep.
The program adds to the NSW Government’s approach to supporting the state’s future agriculture workforce, with education and skill-based programs that start in primary and secondary school, through to tertiary and post-tertiary education levels.
Skills and Training Minister Alister Henskens highlighted the importance of thinking outside the box when it comes to vocational education and training.
“We want to provide more opportunities for young people to get the skills they need for the jobs they want, and this program is another great example of that,” Mr Henskens said.
“By giving school leavers a foot-in-the-door, they can learn on the job and build industry connections, which in turn helps employers identify talent for ongoing roles within the sector.”