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Primary industry educators gather in Canberra

20 September 2012

Representatives of 11 high  performing school and industry partnerships from around Australia have gathered in Canberra to develop partnerships that give students real–world exposure to the many exciting career prospects in agriculture.Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the two–day forum, which received $100,000 of funding from the Australian Government, will build links between agribusiness and the classroom to open up a wide range of career opportunities in Australia’s primary industries.

“This project is an important initiative for Australian agriculture and will improve the leadership and representative capacity of young people entering or involved in primary industries,” Minister Ludwig said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Sid Sidebottom, welcomed the school and industry representatives to Canberra and commended them for participating in this valuable forum.

“For too long, school students across Australia have been missing out on getting real–world exposure to the vast spectrum of exciting careers available to them in agriculture,” Mr Sidebottom said.

“The schools represented at the forum have been selected because of their inspirational and pioneering work in partnering with local agricultural businesses and industry groups to provide real–world experience for their students.

“There is a vast spectrum of exciting career prospects in Australia’s primary industries, and I strongly congratulate the schools represented at this forum for opening the eyes of their students to these opportunities.”

The two–day Primary Industries Partnerships in Schools forum commenced today and is being delivered by the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF), with support from the National Australia Bank. Also attending the forum are representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, National Australia Bank, and representatives from the agribusiness sector.

Findings from the forum will inform the development of an online multimedia toolkit of primary industries education resources which will be trialled by schools in 2013.

The schools participating in the Primary Industries Partnerships in Schools forum are:

  • Isis State High School (QLD)
  • Farrer Memorial High School (NSW)
  • Elizabeth MacArthur High School (NSW)
  • Eden Marine High School (NSW)
  • Tumut High School (NSW/ACT)
  • Mansfield High School (VIC)
  • Tyrrell College (VIC)
  • Renmark High School (SA)
  • Cunerdin Agricultural College (WA)
  • Harvey Agricultural College (WA)
  • Taminmin College (NT)