The next gen­er­a­tion of pas­toral­ists

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EMMA DAVIES

THE North­ern Ter­ri­tory Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tions’ Pas­toral Fu­tures Pro­gram will link re­gional youth with op­por­tu­ni­ties in the pas­toral in­dus­try while at school, to help bridge the gap be­tween school and well-paid work on the land af­ter grad­u­at­ing.

As part of the pro­gram stu­dents un­der­take ei­ther a Cer­tifi­cate I in Agri­foods, Cer­tifi­cate II in Ru­ral Op­er­a­tions, or Cer­tifi­cate III in Agri­cul­ture.

Nine Ter­ri­tory stu­dents were se­lected to com­pete at the 2018 North­ern Ter­ri­tory Beef Week in Rock­hamp­ton, af­ter win­ning the Cat­tle Han­dling and Ju­nior Judg­ing classes at the Dar­win and Kather­ine Shows last year as part of the Pas­toral Fu­tures Pro­gram.

Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion trainer Bruce Mcevoy said the stu­dents would gain valuable ex­pe­ri­ence by par­tic­i­pat­ing at the expo, which would also count to­wards their Cer­tifi­cate III in Agri­cul­ture.

“Beef Week 2018 brings to­gether the best in the in­dus­try and only hap­pens ev­ery three years, so this is a re­ally ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents who are rep­re­sent­ing the Ter­ri­tory from Kather­ine High School, Tam­in­min Col­lege and Cen­tralian Se­nior Col­lege,” Mr Mcevoy said.

The stu­dents will gain practical ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­po­sure to the lat­est cat­tle equip­ment as well as ex­ten­sive net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with lead­ers in the field.

Mr Mcevoy said Beef Week at­tracts thou­sands of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try ex­perts.

“This will be a life­time op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents to es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships and net­work with po­ten­tial fu­ture em­ploy­ers,” he said.

“Stu­dents will ben­e­fit from this ex­pe­ri­ence as it al­lows them to gain a broader in­sight into the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and will en­cour­age skill de­vel­op­ment as they move from school to adult­hood.”

In prepa­ra­tion for the event, the stu­dents trained their cat­tle as part of their Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (VET) course in Ru­ral Op­er­a­tions and Agri­cul­ture, in part­ner­ship with Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Tam­in­min Col­lege and Charles Dar­win Univer­sity.

Im­age: Beef Aus­tralia.

Stu­dents showing off their skills at Beef Week 2018.

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