Pupils learn about career possibilities in agri-sector

Enjoying the careers day at Mount Grand Station are Roxburgh Area School pupils Taylor McArley ...
Enjoying the careers day at Mount Grand Station are Roxburgh Area School pupils Taylor McArley (16, left) and Katie Gunn (16). Photos: Yvonne O'Hara
Dunstan High School pupils (from left) Adam Borland (16), Dylan Tapper (16), James Miller (15)...
Dunstan High School pupils (from left) Adam Borland (16), Dylan Tapper (16), James Miller (15) and Blair Sutherland (15), take a break at the careers day.
Dunstan High School pupils (from left) Lily Mohr (15), Cassie Creft (15), Mia Tudor (15), Hannah...
Dunstan High School pupils (from left) Lily Mohr (15), Cassie Creft (15), Mia Tudor (15), Hannah Johns (14) and Lucy Perriam (16) heard about career options at Mount Grand Station last week.
Enjoying a lunch break at the agriculture careers day at Mount Grand Station on Monday last week...
Enjoying a lunch break at the agriculture careers day at Mount Grand Station on Monday last week are Mount Aspiring College pupils (from left) Blake Walker (17), Maggie Miller (16), Ava Plimmer (17), Molly Todd (17) and Jody Chisholm (16, front).
Department of Conservation officer Tim Whittaker, of Alexandra, talks to pupils about early human...
Department of Conservation officer Tim Whittaker, of Alexandra, talks to pupils about early human impact on the area and the station's tenure review.

Pupils from six colleges throughout Central and North Otago attended an agriculture careers day at the Lincoln University-owned Mt Grand Station, Lake Hawea, last week.

The day was organised by rural consultant John Bates, of Alexandra, in association with Lincoln University.

The day was designed to introduced small groups of high school pupils from the schools to the career possibilities the agriculture sector offered.

They came from Roxburgh Area School, Mackenzie College, Mt Aspiring College, Dunstan High School, Blue Mountain College and Maniototo Area School.

The pupils listened to 12 speakers in six modules covering dog handling and animal health, conservation, finances, farm management, sheep breeding and dairying.

Speakers talked about their roles in the industry and what working in the sector was like and there was even discussion about the salaries on offer.

Mr Bates said there was a good line-up of speakers and he was pleased with how the day went.

''It was a great opportunity for people from Lincoln University, Cromwell Polytechnic and Young Farmers New Zealand to catch up with a lot of the teachers,'' he said.

''I think the day was really valuable as there is no question that, as an industry, we need to think really seriously how to encourage more young people to enter the sector.

''We need to be thinking about it a lot more and exposing the kids to the opportunities and the support networks.

Blue Mountain College teacher Liz Murray said the conversation about the day on the way back to Tapanui was positive.

''They all greatly enjoyed the day,'' she said.

''They were positive about the different speakers and felt that another similar day needs to be run in the future.

''A couple said it was good to find out about careers outside the farm gate.

''They were more aware of the opportunities available to them.

''One boy was going to do some research in an area that he enjoyed hearing about.''

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