Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - Capacity building
GROUND COVER CAPACITY BUILDING INDUSTRY ATTRACTION 4 CAMERON SMITH IS pretty passionate about life and for him that includes farming. Coming from a 5000-hectare cropping and sheep property at Carnamah, Western Australia, he is hoping to pursue a career as an agronomist, as well as remain involved with the family farm. To achieve this goal, Cameron wants to study agricultural science at university. To help gain a head start in an agriculturally focused education, Cameron completed Year 11 and 12 at the WA College of Agriculture, Cunderdin. The two-year, full-time course enabled Cameron to complete his Certificate II in Agriculture and an agribusiness course, as well as the Year 11 and 12 subjects required for university entry. "I chose the college because I am from a rural background and it has a good reputation," Cameron says. "The course included studying plant and animal production systems, business and enterprise management as well as maths and English." During the first year of the course Cameron heard about and applied for a GRDC Agricultural Training Award. While the money was attractive, he also thought having this on his CV would be beneficial. "When eventually applying for a position as an agronomist or other work in the grains industry, I felt attaining an award supported by the GRDC would be viewed positively by future employers." The award of $3000 assisted in paying the majority of his education fees for the second year at college. This was a great benefit because moving away from home meant he also had to pay boarding fees. "Taking the option to study away from the local high school can be more expensive, but winning a GRDC Agricultural Training Award helped buffer the extra expense; I encourage others to consider this opportunity." □ GRDC Research Code ATA76 More information: Merrilyn Baulman, GRDC coordinator capacity building, 02 6166 4500, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.grdc.com.au/ATA76 nationally. Developing materials for teachers to use in science classes and providing the opportunity for educators to learn about current research as well as primary industry developments is vital for teachers to enthuse students into career paths in primary industries." Year 11 science student Jason, from South Australia, was awarded one of the annual Student Travelling Scholarships to enable him to participate in the PICSE camp at UWA. His exciting camp adventure has had a major impact on his career choice. "Since going on the camp my focus on next year's studies has changed," Jason wrote in his evaluation. "I am now seriously considering a career in grain research. The things I learnt and saw on this camp would be near impossible to experience anywhere else in such a concentrated time period. I cannot thank the GRDC enough for what they have provided me with so, once again, thank you." GRDC Agricultural Training Awards (ATA) What One-year scholarship for students undertaking full-time study at a recognised vocational education and training provider institution. Value $3000 (ex GST) Closing date Last Wednesday in October each year. Details www.grdc.com.au/ATA Dollars for scholars Winning education awards not only provides kudos but valuable financial support with primary industries and I can now provide them with information about these career pathways. "I must also stress the importance of the PICSE program on the development of science education PHOTO: PICSE Eighty per cent of teachers involved in 2010 PICSE programs indicated they were now better equipped to encourage students to study science in university and to advise them about career opportunities in science and primary industries. Cameron Smith, recipient of a GRDC Agricultural Training Award.
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