Uni-bound students get hands-on career direction

Published 06 October 2016

Thirty high school students considering a career in agriculture will have a unique “try before you buy” experience at the University of New England next week, when they join a special student camp to introduce them to a range of career options.

The years 11 and 12 students won the UNE GRASS Industry Placement Scholarship, which gives them access to the all-expenses paid student camp. Those attending the camp come from an area that stretches from the Northern Tablelands to Macksville, Tamworth, Gunnedah and as far west as Warren.

GRASS stands for the UNE Growing Regional and Agricultural Students in Science program, which is addressing the skills shortage in agricultural science by offering highly motivated tertiary-bound students the opportunity to meet and work directly with scientists, innovators and industry leaders.

During the camp, held at UNE on October 10-11, students will be offered the information and insight necessary to make wise decisions about their career choices.

Activities in the camp program include discovering how smart science can enhance production and management of agricultural properties as demonstrated at UNE SMART Farm, learning about the latest research supporting animal genetics, discovering the science research improving the quality of red meat for consumers and visiting award winning local industries – and much more.

This scholarship is designed to support the development of the next generation of agri-food and fiber scientists. Following the camp, 15 students will be selected for the full UNE GRASS Industry Placement Scholarship, which includes a five day industry placement working with a scientist in an area of their interest in the January school break.