People in Agriculture, attracting and training the next generation

Andrew Harris1, Stephen Ives2

1 Department of Education, Tasmania, andrew.harris@education.tas.gov.au

2 University College, University of Tasmania, Stephen.Ives@utas.edu.au

Food and fibre production currently contribute almost $3 billion annually to the Tasmanian economy. However, whilst the Tasmanian Government has a target value for the agricultural sector of $10 billion by 2050, encouraging young people to enter agriculture and related industries to support that target has been a challenge. Since 2015, key government and university initiatives have improved the education pathway for Tasmanian students from primary school to a career in food and fibre production economy. Andrew and Stephen will provide an overview of these initiatives and how changes in educational thinking and pedagogical approaches aim to inspire the next generation of industry leaders.

Key Words

Education, pathway, careers