The next generation of pastoralists
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.
Students showing off their skills at Beef Week 2018.