Review to strengthen Agriculture training in Victoria
The thriving Victorian agriculture sector produces more than $14.9 billion worth of meat, milk, and produce – supporting a $41.5 billion food processing industry.
The sector is especially important to regional Victoria and directly employs about 145,000 people. It also supports many more jobs, including in logistics, transport and advisory services.
The Future of Agriculture Training in Victoria Review has been established to ensure local TAFE training continues to attract and prepare students for the demands of the evolving industry.
As the chair of the review I will be bringing my experience as a TAFE student and having and owned and operated a family sheep farm in Ararat for more than a decade.
The review aims to:
- Ensure agriculture training remains innovative and relevant
- Understand the factors involved in student choice
- Ensure that TAFE and Learn Locals can continue to be at the centre of agricultural training
- Explore how TAFE training can continue meeting the needs of employers and students
It will involve extensive consultation with industry, employers, TAFE and other training providers and students to develop a series of key recommendations to ensure the sector has the training needed to grow the agricultural industry.
More information here: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/agriculture-review.aspx
The review complements existing work by the Labor Government in bolstering agricultural courses through its Free TAFE initiative. This work will also support the rollout of the $50 million Agricultural College Modernisation Fund investment in the Victorian Budget 2020/21.