I have a huge smile on my face this morning, that smile that tells you everyone else is now understanding why you are so committed to your passion project
Yesterday the government sent an extraordinarily strong message to all schools. Agriculture is a huge growth area
The federal government will fund an extra 39,000 university places by 2023 in a package that will restructure the amounts students have to pay for courses to encourage them to “make more job-relevant choices”.
Under the plan to produce “job-ready graduates”, to be outlined on Friday by Education Minister Dan Tehan, students in agriculture and maths would pay 62% less, while those studying science, health, architecture, environmental science, IT, and engineering would be 20% better off. Source
The new Archibull Prize program model sees schools investigating an Agricultural Area of Investigation important to them and their community. Several schools are investigating careers in agriculture, the diversity and the growth areas. I have been working with our intern Jess Fearnley who is synthesising the wealth of data provided to us ( thank you ABS, ABARES and QLD Government) that show careers in agriculture are on a strong growth trajectory particularly in research, big data and technology development.
Two schools are focusing on the importance of having agriculture in the curriculum from K-12 to ensure young people have their eyes open to the exciting opportunities that await them in the agriculture sector.
One of the key strengths of our programs are our Young Farming Champions who show young people who they can be and we have the data to prove it
We are looking forward to our 2020 schools coming up with their own solutions on how to be promote that agriculture is the place to be