The Government of Tasmania has announced that it will invest $450,000 to implement an Agricultural Skills Plan aimed at creating a job-ready workforce to meet the growing demands of the agricultural industry.
Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff revealed that the $450,000 Agricultural Skills Plan election commitment is part of the Liberal Government’s plan to grow the annual farm gate value of produce in the state to $10 billion by 2050 and create jobs.
“To grow our primary industries we need people with the right skills. That is why we are investing in the future workforce. We are pleased to today launch the $450,000 investment to implement an Agricultural Skills Plan, which will be spearheaded by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association,” the Minister said in a news release.
“The Agricultural Skills Plan will directly involve the agricultural industry in setting the training and skills priorities to ensure there is a job-ready workforce to meet their growing demands. It will also promote the diversity of career pathways into agriculture – from traditional on-farm roles to wider agribusiness, scientific, technology, marketing or professional services careers.”
The Minister also revealed that a new Workforce Development Implementation Reference Panel will be charged with providing advice and feedback on the quality, effectiveness, relevance and future training priorities and that Skills Tasmania and AgriGrowth Tasmania will support the Government’s undertaking.
“Our investment in training and workforce development will be guided by strong industry engagement,” the Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom added.
“It’s vital that we move towards training that is influenced by the job market and industry, through workforce development plans like this. This is not just about credentials; it is about ensuring Tasmanians have the skills for real jobs.”