The factors that contribute to young people's attraction to, and retention in agricultural careers.

Hamill, W 2012, The factors that contribute to young people's attraction to, and retention in agricultural careers., Masters by Research, Education, RMIT University.


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Title The factors that contribute to young people's attraction to, and retention in agricultural careers.
Author(s) Hamill, W
Year 2012
Abstract This research study investigated the major factors that encourage young people to pursue and maintain a career pathway in the red meat and wool sectors in agriculture. It was undertaken in response to industry commentary that suggested fewer young people in Australia are taking up careers in agriculture at a time when it has been predicted that agricultural production will need to double by 2050 to cater for world food requirements. The subjects were students from one training college undertaking a Certificate II, III, and IV in Agriculture, a small group of their parents, career teachers at local high schools, industry representatives and agricultural employers. The study identified that training providers, employers and parents provided the strongest positive influences on a student’s decision to undertake a career in agriculture. Career teachers’ influence was minimal, and in some cases negative. Students saw agriculture as a well-paid industry that was suited to people with high skill levels and provided good career pathways. Students and their parents were of the strong view that there was a lack of industry support for, and positive promotion of, agriculture. Feedback from industry representatives identified significant gaps in the provision of general career information on agriculture for career teachers. The early engagement of students (15 – 16 years of age) into an agriculture course was also identified by the study as a positive influence as was the encouragement of providers of agriculture courses at a vocational educational level to engage more with industry to provide practical workplace training.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Education
Keyword(s) Young
attraction
retention
agriculture
employment
education
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