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Agrifoods Australia, the Food Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council (ITC) and the Department of Education through VET in Schools have combined forces to develop a pilot project to raise the profile of careers in the Agrifood industry and increase the number of students undertaking vocational education opportunities in the Agrifood sector while at school in WA.

The aim of the project is to:

  • to engage school communities, industry and government by providing relevant and innovative learning experiences to enable access to relevant career pathways in the horticulture industry by:
  1. raising the profile of careers in the sector;
  2. developing and promoting a relevant industry focused curricula;
  3. creating opportunities for work experience, structured work placements and school based traineeships or cadetships with Agrifood industries at all levels; and
  4.  to increase the number of students undertaking qualifications in Agrifood industries or skill sets pertaining to these qualifications.

 The above will be achieved by offering five (5) public high schools the opportunity to receive $28,000 each from the project.  These funds are to be used to:

 Establish new ‘School Vegetable Gardens’ in high schools whilst delivering Certificate I in Agrifood Operations (AHC10210).  Five (5) schools will be awarded $28,000 with which to establish the program. 

The projects are expected to commence in Semester 1, 2012 and are targeting Year 11 students.

 Please click on the link for the:

EOI Application form and the Guidelines for funding for the project. 

 Applications are due to the Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council by Friday 22 July 2011.

 For further information regarding the project, please contact Linda Winter, Project Manager, Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council on phone: 08 9477 5055. 

Please note that Brad Armstrong from the Food Fibre and Timbers Industries Training Council will be attending the VETiS meetings on Wednesday, 22nd June and Tuesday, 28th June.

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