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Increasing Ag Career Prospects For Young Aussies

Young Australians seeking careers in the agriculture industry will reap the benefits of the AgCAREERSTART pilot program.
The pilot program provides on-the-job experience, offering successful applicants aged 18–25, the opportunity to have a practical placement on a farm over a 10–12-month period.
Commencing in November 2021, the AgCAREERSTART pilot program has provided 180 young people with experience working in agriculture in the early part of their careers.
The pilot program provides on-the-job training, free lodging with the host farm, a development grant and the opportunity to build strong relationships within the industry.
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Policy Matthew Lowe said that the program is a fantastic initiative that connects farmers with individuals seeking career pathways in the sector.
“The pilot program has been valuable for employers and participants with 82% of participants completing their placement.
“A high percentage of them (80 per cent), also indicated they will stay on in the agriculture sector following their time with the program.
“The agricultural sector is on track to being an $100 billion industry by 2030, to reach this goal it is vital that we have a pipeline of young, motivated Australians in this space.
“The AgCAREERSTART pilot program connects young like-minded people together, creating strong relationships and networking opportunities for participants.
“Agriculture has so many career pathways, from animal husbandry, developing and operating state-of-the-art machinery and technology, to business, marketing and STEM research and analysis.
An additional $500,000 has been committed to the $5 million initiative in the 2023–24 Federal Budget. This top-up will extend the pilot for a further two years.
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