Ladies keen to learn ag skills
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.”
NEXT GEN: Tocal Agricultural Centre director Darren Bayley with agriculture students Danielle Fordham and Kate Blair-Hickman.