South east Queensland residents will have the opportunity to gain unique agricultural training in a new combined course between Queensland’s agricultural colleges and the University of Queensland.
The course is part of the governments’ long-term plan to double Queensland’s’ agricultural production by 2040.
Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said the course will provide new pathways for those hoping to work in agricultural production.
“This is a wonderful example of joint initiatives that ensure the right training is available for students wishing to complete agriculture training,” he said.
The course will be available at UQ’s Gatton Campus from 2014 and will focus on creating job opportunities for students.
Gatton Campus director Janelle Zahmel said it would be a great chance for students to get an insight into the agricultural industry.
“Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the University’s production facilities at Gatton and undertake studies in animal management, nutrition, pasture management and planning,” she said.
“The initial joint courses to be offered next year include a Certificate III in Agriculture or Rural Operations which, on completion, will provide entry towards the new Diploma in Agricultural Technologies.”