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The GRDC is helping four students at Victoria's Longerenong College set course for careers in the grains industry... The scholarships are a financial boost for the four students who are studying for the Advanced Diploma of Agriculture at the popular college... The scholarships were awarded on the students' ability to meet selection criteria including: a strong record of achievement at work, school or in the community; enthusiasm for the agricultural industry; understanding of the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the Australian grains industry; and a demonstrated intent to work within the Australian grains industry...
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The GRDC is helping four students at Victoria's Longerenong College set course for careers in the grains industry... The scholarships are a financial boost for the four students who are studying for the Advanced Diploma of Agriculture at the popular college... The scholarships were awarded on the students' ability to meet selection criteria including: a strong record of achievement at work, school or in the community; enthusiasm for the agricultural industry; understanding of the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the Australian grains industry; and a demonstrated intent to work within the Australian grains industry...
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To bridge the gap, Professor Pratley said the industry needed to act now to attract young people and better-trained consultants and advisers... Professor Pratley said the stipend (or taxable income) provided to postgraduate students was uncompetitive, particularly as their Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debt of $30,000 accumulated at four per cent a year with no increments and everybody else in the community is paid superannuation... For Professor Pratley, the way forward was to develop a workforce strategy - the scope of which needed to embrace farm workers to research and development personnel, from 457 visas to research careers, from education and training to accreditation - to bring the agricultural workforce into the modern era...
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Life-sized fibreglass cows are being delivered to schools across Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales to promote the role of farming in the community... Students will use the cows as a blank canvas to create an artwork for entry into the 'Archibull Prize' on the theme 'Grains and Sustainability'... "Art4Agriculture draws positive attention to, and generates community pride in, the grains industry, highlights the career paths it has to offer and provides a chance for young people to develop their confidence and capabilities," Ms Allan says...
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Philip Whalan of Hart Bros Seeds (second from left) gave 18 University of New England students a tour of the company's facilities near Junee, NSW. Among the tour participants were students (from left) Angela Graham and Tim Broadhead and lecturer Felicity Harrop... For University of New England (UNE) students studying sustainable grains production via distance education, residential schools are an opportunity to meet lecturers and learn firsthand from scientists about the latest crop research... UNE lecturer Felicity Harrop hosted a residential school in September at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, to give 18 students in the GRDC-supported Sustainable Grains Production course the chance to meet their peers and learn from leading grain producers...
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Students in Victoria's Wimmera region have had the chance to become familiar with private-sector grains R&D since a $14-million plant-breeding centre began operating adjacent to their classrooms... Bayer CropScience canola breeder David Pike says that, to date, the new facilities have given 10 students an insight into the processes involved in developing new crop varieties... As part of a 'research methods' subject, students are involved in a range of activities, from crossing plants in the glasshouse, to analysing wheat quality in the laboratory and harvesting trials, Mr Pike says...
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Grains centre nurtures R&D-savvy students.. Students in Victoria's Wimmera region have had the chance to become familiar with private-sector grains R&D since a $14-million plant-breeding centre began operating adjacent to their classrooms... As part of a 'research methods' subject, students are involved in a range of activities, from crossing plants in the glasshouse, to analysing wheat quality in the laboratory and harvesting trials, Mr Pike says...
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The investment has been driven by the acute skills shortage and potential succession planning issues facing the grains industry... "The GRDC has long recognised the need to encourage students into agriculture but in the past 12 months we have taken an even more proactive role in developing a grains industry education strategy with a suite of related education resources for use at schools and community events," she says... The GRDC capacity building team has been working on programs to: educate teachers and career advisers about opportunities in the grain industry, given their role as key influencers over student career decision-making; target tertiary students who are already likely to study science as a career and outline to them the opportunities in agricultural and plant science as a specialty field; and promote the science behind grain production to secondary-school students to showcase the broad range of careers and opportunities available...
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The investment has been driven by the acute skills shortage and potential succession planning issues facing the grains industry... "The GRDC has long recognised the need to encourage students into agriculture but in the past 12 months we have taken an even more proactive role in developing a grains industry education strategy with a suite of related education resources for use at schools and community events," she says... The GRDC capacity building team has been working on programs to: educate teachers and career advisers about opportunities in the grain industry, given their role as key influencers over student career decision-making; target tertiary students who are already likely to study science as a career and outline to them the opportunities in agricultural and plant science as a specialty field; and promote the science behind grain production to secondary-school students to showcase the broad range of careers and opportunities available...
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GRDC scholarships nurture future talent.. Josh enrolled in the Certificate IV in Agriculture at Tocal College this year and is keen to develop skills and knowledge required to develop a career in agriculture on mixed-enterprise properties... Tocal student Kate March during her work placement at Colin and Kerry Dorman's property 'Bolaro', Dunedoo, NSW. "The GRDC Award is a great opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to work in cropping operations," she says...
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