Students get a feel for farming

"They're not always aware of what's behind the farm gate"

Last updated 05:00 28/03/2014
Briar Langridge and St Mary's Stratford's Bree-Anna Langton
New Plymouth Girl's High School student Briar Langridge and St Mary's Stratford's Bree-Anna Langton, both 17, get to grips with a sheep skull during the Get Ahead Careers programme held at the TSB Hub in Hawera yesterday.

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Students in Hawera yesterday were given a glimpse of what lies behind the farm gate.

The Get Ahead Careers programme, held at the TSB Hub, was visited by 147 students from 10 Taranaki and Whanganui secondary schools.

Project leader Rosie Todhunter said there had been strong interest in the programme, which is targeted at Year 11 to Year 13 students.

"We've got too much interest this year, which is a good thing," she said.

The aim of the day is to expose students to a variety of career paths associated with farming.

"They're not always aware of what's behind the farm gate," Ms Todhunter said.

She said the Get Ahead project was not just for young people from farming families, but for anyone interested in a career in the sector.

New Plymouth Girls' High School's Briar Langridge, 17, has already decided on her career path. "I really want to get into the dairy industry."

She decided to attend Get Ahead to learn more about what scholarships were on offer and explore different study programmes.

Bree-Anna Langton, 17, said she was not sure about her study future but occasions such as this helped her come up with ideas.

"It's good seeing what's out there," the St Mary's Diocesan School student said.

During the day, groups rotated around 12 modules on topics including agri-science, banking, and animal health. Many of the stations were interactive, giving the students a first-hand appreciation of the processes involved between pasture and plate.

Gourmet burgers served up for lunch offered them the chance to sample the end product.

The expo, which is funded by Beef and Lamb New Zealand and Dairy NZ, was hosted in Taranaki by Parininihi ki Waitotara and is held at nine other sites across the country.

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