DairyNZ has joined forces to connect with teachers across the country to help them learn about the diverse career opportunities in the primary sector.
About 30 teachers from across Canterbury will get a day out of the classroom tomorrow to learn more about the job opportunities for their students both on and off farms.
Sixteen schools in the region have registered to take part in the Teachers Day Out.
The event, held by Young Farmers and funded by DairyNZ and Beef+Lamb NZ, aims to attract more young people into rewarding jobs in farming.
As part of the day, teachers will visit a dairy farm and mushroom farm. They will hear from the dairy farm manager about the complexities and skills required to work on a farm, and from experts in precision agriculture, environmental science and agribusiness.
DairyNZ Industry Education Facilitator Susan Stokes says there is a growing shortage of young people for on-farm, science, and rural professional roles.
“Teachers are important influencers of young people and the decisions they make. If we can better inform them about the range of career opportunities within the ag-sector, then we hope to attract more young people into fulfilling and unique careers,” she says.
Ms Stokes says the day shows teachers there is so much more to dairy farming than cows and grass.
“The aim of the day is to engage with teachers to show them the exciting range of career options on and off farm. Farmers need support people in specialist areas such as banking, water, fertiliser, and in science roles.”
Over 120 teachers attended Teachers Day Out events in Taranaki, Auckland and Tauranga.
Teachers Day Out is just one of the many ways DairyNZ is encouraging young people to consider a career in dairy. Another initiative includes scholarships available to support new talent into careers in dairy farming, agribusiness and agriscience. In the past decade, 221 students have benefited from the programme and 85 percent remain in the ag-sector.
“We need to continue investing in our people as the primary sector needs at least another 50,000 skilled workers by 2025 if New Zealand is to maintain its competitive advantage.”
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