Beacon shows students a farming future

Beacon is working with some of Tasmania’s fastest growing industries to inspire students and create a job-ready generation of Tasmanians.

Beacon CEO, Scott Harris, said the Growth Industry Preparation Program (or GrIPP) aimed to create a win-win situation, where growing businesses able to expand their workforce and young Tasmanians able to get a great job.

“GrIPP shows students what opportunities there are for them in five of the fastest growing industries in Tasmania,” Mr Harris said.

“Today, students have visited three remarkable farms in the Derwent Valley – Glenelg Estate, Curringa Farm and Hansen Orchards.

“There are huge opportunities in farming and we see it as one of the five biggest growth areas in Tasmania along with building and construction, tourism and hospitality, advanced manufacturing, aged and community service.

“The research shows that if students engage with industry, like they are today, at least four times during their schooling, they are 86 per cent more likely to engage in further education, training or employment once they leave school.  Not only that, with the GrIPP program they can see for themselves the career options available to them once they finish school.

“Jane Parsons and her team have done a fantastic job turning Curringa Farm into a really diversified business that covers traditional farming and food production as well as retail and tourism.  Jane and husband Tim are role models in the region and we hope that they can inspire the next generation of farmers and entrepreneurs in the region.

“Charles Downie is the sixth generation of Downies to run the Glenelg Estate farm and is the 2021 Nuffield Scholarship winner, which is helping him research best-practice training and workforce development programs to make sure our booming agricultural sector has the workforce it needs.

“I think it’s fair to say that Charles will probably learn as much from the students today as they will from him, which is exactly the type of connections that Beacon is trying to build.”

Beacon Foundation offers a range of GrIPP sessions around the State with a range of businesses.