Pupils learn about agriculture careers

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

Pupils from Maniototo Area School (MAS) attended an agriculture careers day at the Lincoln University-owned Mt Grand Station, Lake Hawea, on Monday.

The day was organised by rural consultant John Bates, of Alexandra, in association with Lincoln University.

The day was designed to introduce small groups of high school pupils from six colleges to the career possibilities the agriculture sector offers.

In addition to MAS, pupils also came from Roxburgh Area School, Mount Aspiring College and Dunstan High School

The group of school pupils listened to 12 speakers in six modules covering dog handling and animal health, conservation, finances, farm management, sheep breeding and dairy.

Mr Bates said there was a good line-up of speakers and he was pleased with how the day went. Speakers talked about their roles in the industry, what working in the sector was like and even the annual salaries on offer.

“I think the day was really valuable as there is no question that, as an industry, we need to think really seriously how to encourage more young people to enter the sector,” he said.

“For me the two biggest things were that we had 12 people who gave their whole day free and did an incredible job, and the kids themselves were committed to the day, and that really stood out,” Mr Bates said.