AgCAREERSTART will open doors for young people in the agricultural sector | Chronicle of the border

A new gap year program will be introduced next year to help encourage young people to stay and settle in regional and remote farming and farming areas.

AgCAREERSTART will start from March 2022 and is an initiative of the Australian government and will be implemented by the National Farmers Federation.

Program participants will be matched with on-farm employment and over the course of the one-year program, they will benefit from training and development opportunities and have access to industry events and experiences.

National Farmers Federation chief executive Tony Mahar believes this will be a great program for young people to undertake training and gain support and experience in the agricultural sector.

“This is a great opportunity for school leavers to get into farming thanks to a sustained program,” he said.

“Participants will be employed by the agricultural sector with assigned salaries, will be fully supported throughout the pilot, including resettlement assistance, ongoing pastoral care and accredited training on operational skills important to working safely. in an operational farm. “

Barker MP Tony Pasin is excited about what this program will mean for the Limestone Coast and the entire Barker District.

“Programs like this will allow our young people to jump-start their careers in agriculture and continue to live in the regional Barker communities as they progress in their careers,” he said. .

“It will also attract young Australians from urban areas to our region, give them jobs in the agricultural sector and show them how we have it here in Barker.”

The program is open to anyone under the age of 24 to apply and you can register your interest in being a participant or farm host through the AgCAREERSTART website.

Lana T. Arthur