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​Scholarships to support youth in practical ag education

Students who want to launch a career in agriculture could soon be a step closer to achieving their goal, with scholarships for study at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges in 2017 now up for the taking.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mark Tobin said "We continue to work with industry and the Queensland government to make scholarships available to students interested in commencing study with us."

"For 2017 we have been supported by the Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, grower-based organisations such as the Central Highlands Cotton Growers and Irrigators Association, and other peak industry bodies such as Meat and Livestock Australia and Cotton Australia."

"All of these organisations, as well as Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, recognise the financial difficulties that face many potential students and their families.  Many of our students come from regions where severe drought has been experienced, for example, and they may otherwise be unable to commence their studies when they want to."

Mr Tobin said that Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges offer practical, skills-based training, through programs in high schools, the vocational sector, and in partnership with universities - CQUniversity in particular.  He said that the industry-scale enterprises students have access to though Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges means that the training programs produce work-ready graduates sought after by industry employers.

"Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges offers skills based training at the two colleges, Emerald and Longreach, as well as off-campus throughout Queensland.  Through this flexible approach, we can offer mobility and a variety of training locations, modes, and course content."

"Whatever someone's rural training need is, it is likely we can provide it."

"The agriculture sector offers an enormous range of career opportunities – I encourage those students interested in studying with us next year to apply," Mr Tobin said.

For further information please call 1800 888 710 or visit www.qatc.edu.au

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