The School to Industry Partnership Program (SIPP) has continued to engage with primary and secondary students and their agricultural science teachers to highlight the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives.
Selected high-school students in various regions recently enjoyed visits to local agribusinesses to learn and be inspired about future careers in the agriculture sector.
Agforce Training Manager Peter Smith said the tours were among the most effective and targeted events in the SIPP calendar, with three insight tools facilitated by SIPP to help young people discover their potential and explore career opportunities.
“Students from the Clifton and Warwick State High Schools as well as Assumption and Scots Colleges toured farming businesses in the Southern Downs region including the DAF Hermitage Research Facility, the Riverina Stockfeed Mill, Myrtleholme Dairy Stud and the John Dee meat processing plant,” Mr Smith said.
“While students from Wallumbilla State School, Miles State High School, Tara State College and Chinchilla Christian College enjoyed the opportunity to visit Teys Feedlot, Tinobah Cotton and Devoncourt Hereford Stud during the Western Downs Region tour.”
“The students focused on their talents and passions to complete a personality profile before learning about what each business’ work involved and the career opportunities available within the organisation.”
“Students then heard from the employers about how careers often unfold in a non-linear way and the opportunistic nature of career progression.”
“Finally, students were guided through a career board exercise focusing on one of the businesses they had visited and found inspiring during their tour.”
“These tours were an effective and exciting opportunity for students to engage with the agriculture sector and consider working in the industry in the future.”