AGCAP returned to its roots recently with a keen crop of students benefiting from an ‘Enrichment Tour’.
Students from across the New England and Hunter Valley regions saw different types of agribusiness and met the employers of enterprises ranging from cotton farms to gins, seed distributors to researchers.
AGCAP founder, Russell Stewart, took the students around some of the industry-leading agribusiness and research facilities in our region, including the Cardale irrigation operation, Cotton Seed Distributors, Cotton Grower Services, the Auscott Cotton Gin, Sydney University Plant Breeding Institute, Australian Cotton Research Institute and Wilga feedlot at Bellata. Mr Stewart said the tour was a “real eye-opener” for the students. The employers they met made them feel wanted and needed, for they know that up-skilling quality young people for rural careers and retaining them in regional communities is vital to the future of their industry.
The enrichment tour was a chance to learn about the many facets of the agricultural industry in the north-west and meet some of its leaders.
AGCAP works by allowing chosen students to undertake a traineeship in Year 11, where they can do one day a week paid work, while studying for a Certificate III in Agriculture. There are then pathways to Tocal agricultural College and the University of New England.
The students described the tour and their AGCAP experience, generally, as a great opportunity.