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Given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will continue to monitor the situation and its impact on industry and schools. The department will continue to develop and adapt their program appropriately and in line with the evolving situation.

The Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools project covers a variety of exciting career pathways and jobs associated with the farm-to-consumer supply chain, including:

  • on-farm production
  • distribution
  • value adding
  • processing
  • product marketing.

The project:

  • helps students gain valuable industry experience while still at school, providing them with the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions about training and employment when leaving school
  • raises the profile of careers in the agribusiness sector
  • encourages partnerships between schools, training providers, universities and industry to provide agribusiness career opportunities for young people
  • offers teachers professional development opportunities.

Students can be offered work experience, structured work placement, school-based traineeship and cadetship opportunities.

The project was developed in response to skills shortages across agribusiness industries and the need to attract and retain a skilled workforce for our future.

Participating schools

Schools participating in the project aim to include a range of agribusiness-related contexts and activities in key learning areas, such as cropping, husbandry, research, business management and other associated curriculum in and out of the classroom.

Schools work together to share information, ideas, student resources and professional development for teachers, and to strengthen partnerships with agribusiness industries.

The project also supports opportunities for students to participate in agricultural practices and understand the value of supply chains across all areas of the agribusiness industry.

Project partners

The Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools project is managed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, as part of a suite of initiatives that includes Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance and Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network.

To facilitate links between schools, industry and recognised training providers, the project distributes external skills and training information to participating schools. This ensures school programs are aligned to industry and will benefit students pursuing agricultural careers after school.

More information

Find out more about the Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools project via the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Contact information

Contact the project manager.

Last updated 10 March 2020

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