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AgVision Sydney to help address National agri-skills crisis

Posted on : 26 June 2017

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has partnered with the Department of Education and Junee High School to bring AgVision to Sydney Showground on 27 July 2017.

AgVision is an agri-careers exhibition that will provide secondary school pupils (Years 9 -11) with a unique chance to learn about the industry, while gaining a greater understanding of the wide-ranging careers available in agriculture, science and agri-business.

AgVision forms part of a national response to Australia's agri-skills crisis and is designed to encourage and inspire young people to become the future of agriculture in Australia.

"AgVision Sydney will provide a platform for developing a greater connection between students and the agribusiness sector, where they can experience first-hand what it's like to work in an industry trade or service" said Murray Wilton, General Manager, Agriculture at the RAS.

"For many teenagers, the first taste of agriculture is a visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

"What we want is to turn that spark of interest into a career in the agriculture industry. 

Agriculture accounts for more than $12b in production value for the NSW economy each year, 25% of the entire Australian output.

During AgVision Sydney, students will participate in five hands-on learning experiences from a selection of 50 workshops.

"These will be run by industry professionals from all over NSW," Mr Wilton said.

"The RAS is proud to be part of this excellent initiative with the Department of Education and Junee High School," said Mr Wilton.

The workshops will profile a range of careers, including technology, research and development, primary production, secondary production, processing, logistics, transport, handling, marketing of products, commodities and services.

AgVision Sydney: The Details

WHEN: Thursday 27 July 2017

WHERE: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

TIME: 8.30am – 2.30pm

WHO: Students Years 9-11

ADMISSION: $15 per student

REGISTRATION: Open to schools and students on Monday 29 May - Closes Friday 21 July 2015.

For further information, contact Georgia Clark: education@rasnsw.com.au or phone 02 9704 1147

MEDIA: For further information and interview requests, please contact:

Roger White, Manager, Public Relations

p 02 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e rwhite@rasnsw.com.au