Exciting opportunities for youth in agriculture

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Agriculture is a vital industry in Selwyn so it is important we raise awareness amongst our young people of the variety of interesting and challenging careers available for them in this sector. If we are to continue to have a strong agricultural industry in the coming decades, we will need skilled and enthusiastic people to take the sector into the future.

For this reason, I am delighted that TeenAg, an agricultural youth programme run by New Zealand Young Farmers, will receive $146,000 of support under a new partnership.

TeenAg consists of two core elements. TeenAg clubs provide the opportunity to learn about agriculture, and develop leadership and broader life skills. TeenAg competitions challenge competitors outside of their comfort zones to build character and leadership capabilities.

The Government is contributing $50,000 towards the programme, alongside $96,000 cash and in-kind support from partners including Red Meat Profit Partnership, DairyNZ, Lincoln University and Northfuels/Southfuels.

The funding will enable around 500 more young people across New Zealand to participate in the programme.

This is a great opportunity to encourage young people to engage in youth development programmes, especially in such a pivotal sector as agriculture. This is not only an excellent way to get young people involved in our local communities, but it also creates the potential for economic growth in the future.

The Government is co-investing with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to continue to grow youth development opportunities. We are committed to providing programmes that give young people a great range of skills and experience to put them on the path to success. I believe today’s young people will be better equipped to join the workforce with a strong knowledge base and a can-do attitude. This in turn will help build a more competitive and productive economy, which will enable New Zealanders to flourish.