MPs put spotlight on ag workforce

SECURING the long-term viability of the agricultural workforce in Victoria is essential say Paul Weller MP, Member for Rodney, and David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield.
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Both MPs Chair cross-party Committees inquiring into the agricultural sector focussing on workforce issues and agricultural education: the two pillars of future farming.

“We all depend on our farming sector in Victoria to supply us with the fresh produce we value and take for granted,” said Mr Weller.

“This is an industry which produces so much quality food and fibre products for both global and local markets. Developing, educating, training and supporting the workforce is essential.”

“The sector is changing quickly with new technology, increasing innovation and global markets and we are exploring how the education needs of workers in this area can be met now and into the future,” said Mr Southwick.

The Rural and Regional Committee, Chaired by Mr Weller, and the Education and Training Committee, Chaired by Mr Southwick invite all interested members of the community to attend their Public Hearings in Shepparton at The Connection, Peter Ross-Edwards Causeway from 10.00am on Thursday 3rd November.

“The Hearings provide an important opportunity for the Committees to speak to a range of practitioners and experts who can provide advice about where the agricultural sector should be heading in terms of its workforce and education and training,” said Mr Southwick.

Mr Weller said, ”Farming communities and the agricultural industry in Victoria are a vibrant and essential part of our economy and culture, and we need to ensure that agriculture thrives so that all Victorians can benefit.”

The Rural & Regional Committee is looking into:

attracting and retaining young people; career pathways, recruitment strategies and opportunities; models of farm business ownership; and skills development, community capacity and farm family health. The Education & Training Committee is looking into:

the effectiveness of current Victorian agricultural-related courses; and whether the workforce training needs of agriculture are being met. To view the public hearing timetable and the Terms of Reference visit 梧桐夜网parliament.vic.gov419论坛 or phone the Secretariats on 03 8682 2884 (RRC) or 03 8682 2823 (ETC).

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