The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s agricultural workforce in the future, investing more in agricultural education to enable more high school students to start working in the primary industry.
Education Minister James Merlino and Agriculture Minister Mary-Ann Thomas announced today that applications from the Labor Party for $ 5.5 million to support secondary school farming students to support local farming schools, industry groups, and community organizations are open.
The fund provides additional opportunities in schools to raise awareness of Victorian schools and the sector on agricultural opportunities, enhance agricultural teaching capacity, and enable students to develop the skills they need to transition to modern agriculture.
Schools provide funding for a variety of agricultural education activities, such as designing programs, engaging with local industry, purchasing equipment, and other needs to deliver quality agricultural research.
This enrichment will help meet the growing needs of the domestic agricultural sector – the recruitment of new young workers through digital, business and marketing skills as well as food and fiber entrepreneurs to bring products to the global market.
SSAF is part of a $ 50 million commitment by the Labor Party to a four-year modernization program for agricultural colleges to help more Victorians continue their exciting career in agriculture.
The program will provide $ 277.5 million in government funding for major improvements to the high school system since the founding of the VCE – a change that will give young Victorians a brighter future for vocational education and training regardless of their dreams or aspirations. .
Agricultural Fund Applications for High Schools Depot Schools and Spot-Based StreamsThey are now open and will close on June 24. Visit vic.gov.au/secondary-schools-agriculture-fundExternal Link for more information.
According to Education Minister James Merlino
“The future of Victoria’s leading agricultural sector is bright – and we are proud to support many Victorian students in the modern, growing industry while in school.”
“The program aims to provide our students with real-world opportunities to make the most of existing and innovative agricultural and horticultural practices.”
According to Agriculture Minister Mary-Ann Thomas
“We want to attract the best and brightest young entrepreneurs who want to enter our agricultural sector – by developing the food and fiber industry leaders of tomorrow and creating exciting jobs.”