AgVision Sydney to help address national agri-skills crisis

Banner_1For the first time, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has partnered with the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and Junee High School to bring AgVision to Sydney Showground on 29 July, an event designed to encourage and inspire young people to become the future of agriculture in Australia.

AgVision Sydney is an agri-careers exhibition that will provide secondary school pupils (Years 9 -11) with a unique chance to learn about the industry, while gaining a greater understanding of the wide-ranging careers available in agriculture, science and agri-business.

The initiative forms part of a national response to Australia’s agri-skills crisis, outlined by recent Government studies and reviews of the industry.

Murray Wilton, General Manager of Agriculture at the RAS, said AgVision Sydney will provide a platform for developing a greater connection between students and the agribusiness sector, where they can experience first-hand what it’s like to work in an industry trade or service.

“During AgVision Sydney, approximately 700 students will gain a hands-on learning experience through a selection of 50 workshops, which will be run by industry specialists and professionals from all over the state, who have established careers within the agricultural sector,” Mr Wilton said.

“Our mission is to deliver coordinated and engaging agricultural education programs and events, highlighting the importance of food and fibre and the farmers who produce it.

“AgVision Sydney will help to achieve this and encourage the students to become future leaders of agriculture. As a result, The RAS is proud to be part of this excellent initiative with DEC and Junee High School,” said Mr Wilton.

During the event, the workshops will profile a range of careers, including technology, research, development and extension, primary production, secondary production, processing, logistics, transport, handling, marketing of products, commodities as well as services.

Students will have the opportunity to choose five sessions to attend, which run for 35 minutes each. Presenters will be supported by teachers from attending school students in each workshop, to ensure all students receive the information they need to make informed decisions about study pathways.

Applications open for schools and the students on Monday 15 June and close Wednesday 15 July 2015. 

SYDNEYSHOWGROUNDAgVision Sydney: The Details

WHEN: Wednesday 29 July 2015

WHERE: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

TIME: 8:30am – 2:30pm

WHO: Students Years 9-11

ADMISSION: $10 per student

REGISTRATION: Opens 15 June; Closes 15 July 2015. For further information, contact Danielle Krix: education@rasnsw.com.au or phone (02) 9704 1147

 

About AgVision Sydney

AgVision Sydney is a hands-on workshop for students in Years 9-11, designed to encourage and inspire young people to become the future of agriculture in Australia. The program is a result of a partnership between the Department of Education and Communities (DEC), Junee High School and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. Currently held only in Junee, AgVision Sydney enables Junee High School’s landmark event to be expanded exponentially by rolling out to a much larger audience across a huge geographical area.

 

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