Careers New Zealand to support New Zealand Young Farmers Get Ahead Experience Days

Media release highlighting Careers New Zealand's support for Get Ahead Experience Days promoting career pathways within the agriculture industry.

28 February 2017

Careers New Zealand will be attending the Get Ahead Experience Day at Winton today, to support New Zealand Young Farmers in promoting primary industry careers and pathways to secondary school students.

Over 100 Year 11 to 13 students are expected to attend the Winton Get Ahead Experience Day to discover the diversity of the agriculture industry and the many career options it offers.

“There is a myriad of career pathways available within primary industries – a sector that offers numerous opportunities for young people to gain skills and qualifications as they work”, says Keela Atkinson-Cranwell, Careers New Zealand Advisor – Engagement, Education to Employment.

The Winton event is the first of 10 nationwide events to be supported by Careers New Zealand from February to May as part of a commitment to connect students, educators and employers, and to increase their understanding of pathways within the primary industries, says Keela.

“The Experience Days are practical, fun and interactive with a focus on Pasture to Plate. Students will discover the supply chain and how jobs in the primary industries contribute to food production in New Zealand – you won't believe how many people are involved in producing that burger you had for dinner!” says Christel Chapman, Get Ahead Project Manager, New Zealand Young Farmers.

A chance to talk to young professionals in the industry, hear about new technologies and practices, and chat with career experts about navigating career and study options adds to the interactive focus of the day.

Careers New Zealand advises teachers to encourage students attending the event to maximise their experience by spending some time beforehand discovering and planning their future career options using online tips and tools on the careers.govt.nz website.

Careers New Zealand and New Zealand Young Farmers recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to educate, promote and create awareness of the opportunities in the primary industries sector.

"This agreement strengthens our commitment to encourage young people into primary industries and is another important step in trying to attract labour into agriculture, in line with the Government’s 2020 export goals for the sector,” says Careers New Zealand Acting CEO, Hugh Kettlewell.

Updated 28 Feb 2017