Agriculture employment is evolving as routine jobs are replaced by mechanization, computerization, and robotics. As these industries transition to a higher tech and stronger science requirement, such changes increase the demand for higher skilled and well-trained personnel. As a result, there is growing demand for well-trained, innovative, and passionate young people to build positive and financially rewarding agricultural careers. Currently, each university graduate in agriculture and horticulture has access to an average of 4-5 jobs.
Therefore, First Nations kids and youth from low SES categories have every incentive to seize this chance to advance their professions, aside from awareness, opportunity, and assistance. We have identified several barriers that, if overcome, could deliver life changing outcomes for such individuals and for the communities they serve.
Charles Sturt University wants to give First Nations and students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds the chance to enroll in university-level agriculture and horticulture programs that will prepare them for long-term, well-paying careers. By doing this, these skilled and prepared students will greatly contribute to the expansion of the workforce capacity in these vital and rural-based industries, where the need for more workers is a regional and national priority.
- Call for Applications: Google.org AI for Global Goals
- Non-Artisan Learnership at Palabora Mining Company (PMC)
- UN Global Compact Young SDG Innovators Programme 2023
$15 000 Scholarships for students of First Nations backgrounds.
The project will build capability and capacity for Australia’s agriculture industry into the future and contribute to the goal of becoming a $100 billion industry by 2030.
The project will contribute to Australia’s rural and regional growth, as Charles Sturt has recorded that 82 per cent of agriculture graduates remain in rural areas long-term following graduation.
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