Get Ahead at open day

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY-JO TOHILL

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.

MARY-JO TOHILL/STUFF

Mikayla Swan­son, 15, of Lawrence Area School at the Get Ahead Ex­pe­ri­ences Days road show event at Bal­clutha.

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