Support to start a career in agriculture

A $5.1 million grants program will help recent school leavers start a career in agriculture during their gap year.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said AgCAREERSTART would give recent school leavers opportunities, experience and skills to enter the agriculture sector and provide long-term pathways to agricultural careers.

“This new pilot program, to be delivered by an industry consortium led by the National Farmers’ Federation, is a structured employment program to help young Australians to start a career in agriculture in their gap year,” he said.

“It’s about encouraging young Australians to give working in the agriculture sector a go and provide a taste of what a regional lifestyle can offer.”

NFF chief executive Tony Mahar said the program would give school leavers training, support and experience in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.

“Participants will be employed by the agricultural sector under award wages, be fully supported throughout the pilot, including relocation assistance, ongoing pastoral care, and provided accredited training in operational skills important to safely working on an operational farm,” Mr Mahar said.

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