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Ag training expands in Charters Towers

Rural Training Queensland has announced the appointment of new trainer based in Charters Towers to fulfil demand for rural skills development in the region.

Agriculture and the agribusiness value chain are vital to Queensland's economy, with the wider Charters Towers region contributing to livestock, cropping and horticultural sectors.

Charters Towers local, Jean Robins, has been brought on by Rural Training Queensland, a division of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, to deliver training throughout northern and north western Queensland. Ms Robins is looking forward to her new role, saying that as a rural instructor she can share the knowledge gained after working as a station hand for both small and large pastoral enterprises, as a helicopter pilot mustering in the Northern Territory, and as an owner-operator of beef cattle operations in Hughenden with her family.

"I'm very happy to be returning home, to use my years of industry experience and passion for agriculture to engage and inspire our next generation of farmers and graziers," said Ms Robins.

She hopes to impart plenty of encouragement and practical advice to her young students, and highly recommends the pursuit of an agricultural career.

"I'm getting to know the current students and trainees with the help of our other northern Queensland instructors," said Ms Robins. "There are so many opportunities for people to build exciting and rewarding careers in agriculture. It's great to be on the road, and thinking about how our training organisation can promote and assist agricultural development in our region."

Rural Training Queensland offers programs in agriculture, horticulture, conservation and land management, meat processing, and rural operations, with the flexibility to customise courses to focus on specific northern Queensland industries and conditions.

"I'm very keen to talk to local students about the great opportunities available in agriculture, and to  employers and industry representatives about their training requirements," said Ms Robins.

For more information visit rtq.edu.au or call 1800 888 710.

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