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Students excited about ag careers at Emerald

Local students from around Central Queensland came together at Emerald Agricultural College to explore the exciting hands-on, digital and new age careers available in agriculture.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges and AgForce Queensland School to Industry Partnership Program (SIPP) joined forces to inspire students to consider the wide range of career opportunities that modern agriculture provides.

QATC Education and Training Manager, Bernie Ingle said the day showcased careers in modern agriculture, and in doing so, enthused youth to engage in a career in rural industry.

“Youth around the world entering agriculture now, will have to work out how to double food and fibre production in their professional years before they reach retirement, to meet a doubling of consumer demand by 2050” explained Mr Ingle.

“Scientific research and tech-savvy skills will be key to achieving this, and students with strong interests in science and technology should definitely consider career options in agriculture,” he said.

Mr Ingle said over 150 students had the opportunity to test virtual reality learning experiences and speak with a wide range of industry representatives from all along the agri-supply chain.

Think.Digital director Tim Gentle was the guest speaker for the day and he told the audience that a career in agriculture is exciting and the journey can be ever-changing.

Tim inspired students to identify and follow their purpose in life and consider taking up a career in agriculture.  “It’s important to share personal journeys and showcase the different types of careers available in the agricultural industry,” he said.

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