Young people will get the chance to explore career
opportunities in the rural sector next month.
New Zealand Young Farmers will host Get Ahead Careers Days in
Oamaru on March 5 and Christchurch on March 13 in partnership
with sector groups, in a bid to highlight the options
available to young people.
''Despite higher-than-average starting salaries and great
career trajectories, fewer young people are choosing
agriculture as a career.
"It's no secret the primary industry is struggling to find
skilled and capable workers,'' New Zealand Young Farmers
communications co-ordinator Chelsea Blair said.
The Get Ahead programme is focused on promoting career
opportunities in the primary industry, showcasing on-farm,
business and science-related career opportunities.
More than 1000 students attend events throughout the country
''The primary sector often goes unnoticed as a viable career
path for many young people, even though it is one of the most
lucrative industries in the country,'' Ms Blair said.
The Get Ahead Careers Days will be held at Totara Estate,
Oamaru, on Wednesday, March 5, and at the Canterbury
Agricultural Park, Christchurch, on Thursday, March 13, both
- David Hill