New partnership builds next-gen agriculture skills

by Brett Henebery11 Aug 2017
A new partnership is ensuring that producers and the next generation of agriculture workers are well-equipped for future employment.

The announcement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Queensland Agriculture Training Colleges and AgForce on Thursday to improve education and training outcomes across the state’s agriculture industry.

QATC Chief Executive Officer, Mark Tobin, said the agreement was a great opportunity for both organisations to work together to assist primary producers to build productivity in a rapidly changing industry.

“We have been working with AgForce for some time to form a MOU, where we will partner in a number of initiatives to give an advantage to their member producers,” Tobin told the North Queensland Register.

“We look forward to anything from short, accredited or non-accredited courses to provide training, assessments, consultancy, joint marketing opportunities and anything that provides a partnership between our two organisations.”

Tobin said the combination of QATC’s skills and resources in education training and research and AgForce’s producer focus will coalesce to provide better outcomes.

AgForce General President, Grant Maudsley, said the agreement would allow the organisation’s members to access value for money training, delivered by QATC across Queensland and across a suite of programs.

“The AgForce membership base will be among the first to have access to a range of new industry responsive skills sets and short courses,” Maudsley said.

“This includes those designed to enhance farm business management, ag safety, biosecurity and the uptake of technology in agriculture production and management.”

Maudsley added that technology – particularly digital technology and data analysis – will continue to transform farming.

“This will ensure that our primary producers are up to date with best management practices and techniques will be key to increasing the industry’s productivity and profitability,” he said.

“Training for the current and future generation of farmers and farm workers must be relevant and future-focused.”

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