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19th February 2019

Linking Industry with Training Service Providers

Linking Industry with Training Service Providers.

The collaboration with Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers (BFVG) and the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) has placed The Bundaberg Agriculture Training Group (BATG) in a unique position.

The group (BATG) has been meeting over the past 12 years and is represented by Secondary, Tertiary and Higher education members. Traditionally, each meeting has been to discuss current activities each member is engaged in with a long standing desire to gain more intelligence on regional training needs direct from business.

To facilitate this, QAWN Agriculture Workforce Officer and (BATG) Chair, Kylie Jackson hosted a BATG Networking Event on Tuesday 12th February at the Melbourne Hotel.

The aim of the event was to provide an informal setting for members and attending Agri-Businesses to generate a connection between needs and available resources, how Secondary Educators may be able to streamline classroom lessons that would correlate to workplace scenarios and how it is important for Tertiary education providers to align learning, to actual training needs in the region.

Overall, the event facilitated opportunities for attendees to network with various stakeholders in the region and industry.

School to work and further Education; Attendees had the benefit of being able to link with representatives from Bundaberg Christian College,  Gin Gin State High School, CQUniversity, TAFE East Coast and SDS Training providing insight to future employer needs and what our emerging workforce may look like.

Alternative Pathways; Through various consultations it is evident that Traineeships and Apprenticeships in the industry is increasingly hard to sell, with Busy at Work, the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and the Department of Human Services representatives, opportunities were available to discuss specifics relating to Traineeships, Apprenticeships and current financial initiatives to further support a business in employing new workers and/or to obtain training to supplement off-farm earning capacity.

Government connection; In the last quarter of 2018, the State Government released Regional Skills Investment Strategy (RSIS) projects in priority areas and industries. Focussing on the Agriculture, Construction and Health Industries in the Wide Bay Burnett, The RSIS Officer's based in Bundaberg and Maryborough are our regions direct link to the State Government. The purpose of the RSIS project is to present business cases on Training and Training services gaps, and to work with local industry steering committees on potential training and employment strategies to move forward into the future.

Following the success of the first event, the group will be hosting another later in the year. Keep an eye out on an invite to secure your attendance.

If you would like to contribute or provide feedback on your  individual business needs, please contact Agriculture Workforce Officer, Kylie Jackson on 0488 533 801 kylie.jackson@bfvg.com.auor Email: kylie.jackson@bfvg.com.au

Mission Statement
Bundaberg Agricultural Training Group (BATG
) – β€œTo serve the training needs of the agricultural producers of the Bundaberg region, by ensuring stakeholders in the education and training arena optimise opportunities for upskilling current and future workers in our primary industries.”