From a seed sown in the classroom, Queensland high school students are growing their agricultural careers with a new video showcasing some of the many and varied career opportunities offered by the sector.
The Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance (RJSA) led by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has worked closely with Queensland’s diverse agricultural industries to produce the ‘Your Career in Agriculture’ video and provide a snapshot of the career possibilities in agriculture.
QFF CEO Travis Tobin said the ‘Your Future in Agriculture’ video was a positive step for attracting and engaging the next generation of agricultural workers for the future of the sector.
“The ‘Your Future in Agriculture’ video highlights the importance of food, fibre, foliage, forestry and renewable fuel production, and the endless opportunities and diverse career pathways available to young people,” Mr Tobin said.
“Passionate agricultural workers redefine what it means to work in the sector by challenging the common misconceptions and inspiring students to consider the interesting and rewarding employment opportunities on offer.”
“The video is a useful tool for teachers to communicate, and students and parents to discover the exciting and evolving roles available in the agriculture sector.”
Mr Tobin said the RJSA was committed to ensuring Queensland’s agriculture sector had a sustainable, capable and high performing workforce now and in the future.
“On behalf of Queensland’s agricultural industries, RJSA recently put forward a comprehensive schools-industry engagement proposal to address the gaps we currently have,” Mr Tobin said.
“The rapid pace of digitalisation, mechanisation and the Internet of Things are changing current roles, education needs and training requirements. STEM skills are particularly relevant in our sector as they support the future jobs created by modern primary production.”
“If adopted, the proposal will improve the way schools and agricultural industries interact, provide mutually beneficial experiences and learning, and open the job pathways the sector needs to feed, clothe and grow amenity into the future.”
View the ‘Your Career in Agriculture’ video below or visit: https://youtu.be/dxvfLy6Z8zg and discover the endless possibilities the sector provides here: https://www.qff.org.au/projects/rural-jobs-skills-alliance/.