Students Given An Opportunity To Learn Agriculture Outside Of Classroom

Students Given An Opportunity To Learn Agriculture Outside Of Classroom

Acting Northern Territory Minister for Education Gerald McCarthy

‘Udder’ Side To Learning With Cattle On Show For Jobs And Pastoral Futures

Victor P Taffa

Darwin students undertaking a program developed to create job pathways and attract young people to work in the pastoral industry will take part in a cattle presentation at Darwin Show today.

Over 100 students from Centralian Senior College, Yirara College, Tennant Creek High School, Katherine High School and Taminmin College have been involved in the Pastoral Futures Program, which sees students learning about the pastoral industry through their senior studies.


All will vie for the chance to represent the Northern Territory at the Rockhampton Beef Week in 2018.

Acting Minister for Education Gerry McCarthy said as part of the program, students will undertake either a Certificate I in Agrifoods, Certificate II in Rural Operations or Certificate III in Agriculture which gives students’ skills associated with working on a modern pastoral property.

“Territory Government believes that all children have the right to a quality education regardless of where they live and that all learning doesn’t necessarily have to be done in the classroom.” Mr. McCarthy said.

“Students here today have been getting their hands dirty, following their passion and I hope we see them grow and develop into our pastoralists of the future.”

Program is a partnership between the

  • Central Land Council,
  • Department of Education,
  • Department of Primary Industry and Resources,
  • Indigenous Land Corporation,
  • Northern Land Council,
  • Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association.

“Agriculture is a vital industry in the Territory and seeing students’ progress year on year through to the Certificate III in Agriculture has been very exciting.” Mr. McCarthy said.

“Students get great value out of the program as it allows them to receive a formal qualification or credit points towards their Year 12 Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training.”

“This program not only benefits the students by giving them hands-on skills, it also allows them to have a direct link to employers through our industry partners.” Mr. McCarthy said.