Ladies keen to learn ag skills

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NEW South Wales agri­cul­tural train­ing provider To­cal Col­lege has re­ported a sig­nif­i­cant rise in the en­rol­ment of fe­male stu­dents, now boast­ing a greater pro­por­tion of fe­males than males in its youth train­ing pro­grams.

The prac­ti­cal, skills-based col­lege de­liv­ered train­ing to 3199 par­tic­i­pants across 83 lo­ca­tions in NSW last year, with par­tic­i­pa­tion fig­ures ex­pected to in­crease for 2017.

To­cal Agri­cul­tural Cen­tre di­rec­tor Darren Bay­ley said he was pleased to see a growth in the next gen­er­a­tion of NSW pro­duc­ers and land man­agers, as skills-based train­ing was cru­cial to the fu­ture of the in­dus­try.

“To­cal Col­lege, along with the wider De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries, un­der­stands the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing path­ways, plat­forms and sup­port to en­able fu­ture in­dus­try lead­ers,” he said.

“We teach es­sen­tial farm skills such as trac­tors, fenc­ing and quad bikes ... to live­stock han­dling and pasture man­age­ment.”

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NEXT GEN: To­cal Agri­cul­tural Cen­tre di­rec­tor Darren Bay­ley with agri­cul­ture stu­dents Danielle Ford­ham and Kate Blair-Hick­man.

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