Get Ahead at open day
More than 100 Otago young people got a taste test of careers in agriculture at an open day held at Telford, near Balclutha yesterday.
The Get Ahead Careers Programme, funded by Beef and Lamb NZ and Dairy NZ, was set up to introduce budding agriculturalists to a range of career opportunities in the industry.
Run by NZ Young Farmers, the programme was designed to attract young people to a sector that has an abundance of jobs both on farm and in the supporting industries, a spokesman said.
‘‘Attending a Get Ahead experience day is a great opportunity for students to start exploring and thinking about what their next steps will be once they finish high school.’’
The focus was to create awareness and motivate engagement with agricultural learning and ultimately an agricultural career.
The Get Ahead Experience Day road show event travels New Zealand between March and June every year and stops at different locations.
Each event caters for 100 to 120 students. Ten different industry organisations from across the industry attend each event, with each running a hands on challenge that provides a learning experience, enabling the students to learn about different careers in the industry as well as engage with industry professionals.
Students rotate around each of the 10 challenges in teams where they have the chance to compete for points and prizes.
They also have the opportunity to connect hear from young people working in the industry, and learn about the $3.5 million worth of scholarships and some of the graduate programmes that are available.
Students from all around the region attended, from Central Southland College to Taieri College and everywhere in between.
Mikayla Swanson, 15, of Lawrence Area School at the Get Ahead Experiences Days road show event at Balclutha.