Farmers educate students on career options

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 05:01 21/03/2014

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New Zealand Young Farmers members are travelling around New Zealand to educate secondary students about the range of career possibilities within the primary industries.

One of their 10 national Get Ahead Career Experience Days was in Nelson's Rai Valley on Tuesday and about 90 students attended.

Young Farmers Association member Rosie Todhunter said the event was a success and she was happy to see so many young students from Motueka to Blenheim, interested in the primary industries.

"They had fun challenges on the day - it was really hands on, as the industry often is," she said.

The Young Farmers have joined forces with Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Dairy New Zealand for the last three years to run the Get Ahead Career Experience Days.

Ten days are held around the country annually and more than 1000 students attend to hear from successful industry professionals and learn about career pathways in the primary sector, she said.

The students meet representatives from universities and training centres and can ask them all questions and find out about scholarships available and options for them.

"The days showcase both the on-farm and business-related career opportunities - from pasture to plate, there is a career for everyone," she said.

There is definitely a huge demand for people in the primary sector, Dairy NZ estimates the primary industry will need at least 1250 agriculture-related graduates every year for sustainable growth.

The industry will need skilled, qualified and capable workers to sustain its future and it starts with encouraging students into the primary sector and educating the future leaders, she said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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