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Growing Skills Today for the Agriculture Jobs of Tomorrow

29 March 2012

AUSTRALIA - Australians studying agriculture will have new opportunities and improved access to vocational training under the Gillard Government’s commitment to skills.

Last week the Gillard Government announced the $1.75 billion Skills for All Australians plan to build Australian skills.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and Parliamentary Secretary, Sid Sidebottom, welcomed the announcement that will help individuals get the qualifications they need now to fill the agriculture jobs of tomorrow.

“Ensuring our workforce has the right education and skills will help the agriculture sector remain competitive and profitable into the future,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Through this initiative working-age Australians will be entitled to a training place to get a qualification up to and including Certificate III – that is great news for those looking to undertake study in a range of agriculture-related trades.

“Students studying diplomas and advanced diplomas will also benefit, including those studying agriculture and agribusiness management, diplomas in aquaculture, animal technology and forest and forest products.”

Mr Sidebottom said Skills for All Australians builds upon existing Government support for agricultural skills and training.

“This Government has made record investment in skills and training, including payment of incentives to agricultural apprentices and their employers,” Mr Sidebottom said.

“The Government is providing assistance for skills and workforce development front through a range of programs, including 21 agriculture industry driven projects that have supported more than 1000 workers since August 2011.

“Through the National Workforce Development Fund, the Government will contribute $3 million towards these projects, with enterprises contributing $2 million. This is a partnership model that puts industry at the heart of training. It ensures the training that is being delivered is driven by the needs and demands of business and industry.

“We also recognise the importance of supporting students who chose to undertake agriculture-related university courses with these units of study receiving the highest rate of funding for higher education students.”

The Gillard Government’s Skills for All Australians proposal will be put to the states and territories at next month’s COAG meeting.

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