Food and Fibre in The City
What can I do?
Horticulture, Hydroponics, Plant nursery, parks management, greens keeper at a golf course or bowling green, Landscape gardener, outer city agribusiness worker. Regional trending industries include fruit or vegetable farms, Textiles – including carpet and clothing, Fish farming, icecream manufacturing, cheese and diary specialists, deer farmer, bee keeper and poultry farmer.
Where can I get trained?
At school with a vocational Education and Training (VET) program in
- Conservation & Land management
“No matter what subjects you choose – there is a link to a career in food and fibre.” Victorian Farmers Federation, 2014.
At the Gordon TAFE, Marcus Oldham Agricultural college or a private higher education provider where you don’t need an ATAR, and courses take between six months and two years.
At university where you can choose an undergraduate degree in:
Information Technology (many 21st Century agribusinesses rely on IT ), Engineering, Communications, Law, Commerce, Marine Science/Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnology, Agricultural Science, Genetics.
On the job with a school based or adult apprenticeship . Ask G Force or another local apprenticeship provider for details.
Where can I get experience?
At school through your year 10 work experience program. Contact GRVEC, your school careers advisor, or ask a local agribusiness for some voluntary work.
Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.
What do I need to be good at?
Food and Fibre industries require you to be
- passionate and committed to your chosen industry
- willing to learn
- able to solve problems creatively
- a good team worker
How much do I get paid?
Weekly wages range from apprenticeship wages of around $450 per week, to professional and experienced wages of an average of $1,500 per week.
What can this job lead to?
Research scientist, Rural Project Management, Finance, Export management, Transport and logistics, Information Technology, Engineering,. Communication Media, Government policy development, Environmental Parks and Land management.