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Cattle on show for jobs and pastoral futures.

Darwin students undertaking a program developed to create job pathways and attract young people to work in the pastoral industry will take part in a cattle presentation at Darwin Show.

Over 100 students from Centralian Senior College, Yirara College, Tennant Creek High School, Katherine High School and Taminmin College have been involved in the Pastoral Futures Program, which sees students learning about the pastoral industry through their senior studies.

All will vie for the chance to represent the Northern Territory at the Rockhampton Beef Week in 2018.

Acting NT Minister for Education Gerry McCarthy said as part of the program, students will undertake either a Certificate I in Agrifoods, Certificate II in Rural Operations or Certificate III in Agriculture which gives students’ skills associated with working on a modern pastoral property.

“The Territory Government believes that all children have the right to a quality education regardless of where they live – and that all learning doesn’t necessarily have to be done in the classroom,” Mr McCarthy said.

“The students here have been getting their hands dirty, following their passion and I hope we see them grow and develop into our pastoralists of the future.”

The program is a partnership between the Department of Education, the Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association, Indigenous Land Corporation, Central Land Council, Northern Land Council and Department of Primary Industry and Resources.

“Agriculture is a vital industry in the Territory and seeing students’ progress year on year through to the Certificate III in Agriculture has been very exciting,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Students get great value out of the program as it allows them to receive a formal qualification or credit points towards their Year 12 Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training.

“This program not only benefits the students by giving them hands-on skills, it also allows them to have a direct link to employers through our industry partners.”

Source: NT Government

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