Student skill boost aim
A STATE Government initiative this week aims to provide extra investment in agriculture education in secondary schools.
The $5.5 million Secondary Schools Agriculture Fund will support schools, industry groups and community organisations in Northern Victoria to inspire students into local agricultural careers.
It was announced the fund will support Victorian schools and the sector to raise awareness of the opportunities available in agriculture, uplift agriculture teaching capability and offer more opportunities within schools for students to develop the skills needed to transition into agriculture careers.
Currently, Wedderburn College has several VCAL students working on farms as part of their vocational training.
The Government says funding will be available for a range of agriculture education activities like designing programs, engaging with local industry, purchasing equipment and other needs schools have in order to deliver quality agriculture studies.
Northern Victoria Region MP Mark Gepp said: “This boost will help meet the growing demands of the local agriculture sector – seeking innovative young workers with digital, business and marketing skills ... food and fibre entrepreneurs who can take products to international markets.”
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