TasTAFE meeting skills needs in agriculture

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth

Applications have opened for TasTAFE’s Agriskills Entry program which provides a package of short skill sets for Tasmanians to gain the skills needed by the agriculture industry.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has a plan for TasTAFE, and we will continue to support industry and deliver accessible training which helps Tasmanians find a job, upskill or change careers.

Last year, TasTAFE delivered more than 120 skill sets through the Agriskills Entry program to help build Tasmania’s fruit growing, vegetable, livestock and dairy workforces.

The 2021 program includes three groups of skill sets, with the price for each considerably discounted to be attractive to new entrants to the industry.

  • Skill Set 1 focuses on first aid, manual handling, and the operation of quad bikes and chainsaws.
  • Skill Set 2 covers skills and knowledge needed to operate a forklift truck, tractor and front-end loader operations.
  • Skill Set 3 focuses on applying chemicals to control pests, weeds and disease as well as how to transport and store chemicals safely.

The skills sets provide accredited training through a combination of online theory and face to face learning, with participants able to choose to complete a single skill set or all three.

For each skill set successfully completed, participants receive a Statement of Attainment and credit towards a Certificate II or III in Agriculture.

Developed between TasTAFE and Fruit Growers Tasmania, the Agriskills Entry Program is an industry driven skill set package that will supply new workers with the skills our agricultural businesses need.

It’s also a great starting point for people looking for a career in the Agriculture or Production Horticulture industries and will help build a skilled agriculture workforce for Tasmania.

Applications for the program are now open: https://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/agriskills

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