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					   Great Jobs, Terrific Lifestyle, Exciting Careers, Travel
    The Rural Industry offers young people from all backgrounds the
         opportunity to become skilled in a wide range of jobs.

 There are jobs to suit everyone’s taste, with opportunities in both rural
 and urban areas. The rural industry today is fast paced, modern and an
       exciting workplace. Cutting edge scientific and technological
advancements have also led to successes on the international stage. The
rural industry is responsible for putting food on our tables and clothes on
 our backs, it provides profitable and challenging careers and a lifestyle
                              second to none.

      There are job opportunities for everyone in Agriculture or
   Horticulture. In the office or in the paddock, from Agricultural
        Microbiologist to Jackaroo, there is something for you!

The rural industry in Western Australia is currently facing a major skills
shortage. The industry needs young & enthusiastic people to play a vital
               role in building Australia’s wealth & future
                                 economy.

  This booklet is designed to provide helpful information on training and
employment opportunities to anyone with an interest in agriculture and/or
  horticulture. The booklet aims to cover essential areas such as tips on
   looking for employment in the industry, training pathways, university
options as well as useful contacts and websites. We hope that we are able
   to provide you with some helpful information to make your decision to
                       enter the industry an easy one.

    Congratulations on taking the first step and we hope you enjoy a
successful future working in one of the many diverse and exciting sectors
               that the rural industry of WA has to offer.
Amenity Horticulture                                       Page 2
Aquaculture                                                Page 6
Conservation and Land Management                           Page 9
Dairy Industry                                             Page 13
Farming                                                    Page 17
Pork Industry                                              Page 23
Production Horticulture                                    Page 27
Rural Merchandising                                        Page 30
Shearing Industry                                          Page 33
Station (Pastoral Industry) Careers                        Page 36
Veterinary Nursing                                         Page 40
Viticulture                                                Page 44
New Apprenticeships (Traineeships)                         Page 47
Colleges of Agriculture in WA                              Page 53
Universities                                               Page 55
SWL, TAFE and Group Training Companies                     Page 58
Rural Employment Websites                                  Page 59
Career Information Websites                                Page 61
Government Financial Assistance                            Page 63
Wages Information                                          Page 63

Many thanks to the WA College of Agriculture for providing most of the
                  photographs within this booklet.




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                      A career in Amenity Horticulture involves
                      maintaining plants and planted areas, constructing
                      horticulture features, and applying treatments to
                      enhance plant growth and control pests.
                      Horticultural tradespersons may specialize in
                      Arboriculture, Floriculture, Gardening, Turf
Management, Landscaping, or as a Nursery Worker. You can choose to
work in the industry full time, complete some accredited training, work
in the industry as an apprentice or trainee or look for casual or
seasonal employment. You may also further your studies at TAFE or
university . Landscaping and turf management are two strongly growing
areas linked with increased residential and commercial construction.

             How to Enter Amenity Horticulture

1. Look in the ‘West Australian’ newspaper under H for Horticulture,
   G for Gardener etc or online at www.thewest.com.au

2. Look up various industry sectors in the Yellow Pages and approach
   these businesses with your resume. Parks and gardens, local
   government authorities, bowling clubs, landscapers, tree surgeons,
   nurseries etc all employ horticulturalists.

3. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.

4. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as apprenticeships and
   traineeships. The Australian Government Employment Services and
   the Job Network, can help you find employment. Your local office
   can be accessed through this site.

5. Consider the entry level training options on the following page.




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                       Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Many amenity horticulture occupations are available as traineeships
and apprenticeships, see the table below;

     Qualification                 Traineeship Apprenticeship
     Arboriculture level 2                ü
     Arboriculture level 3                ü
     Floriculture level 2                 ü
     Floriculture level 3                  ü
     Landscape level 2                     ü
     Landscape level 3                     ü               ü
     Nursery level 2                       ü
     Nursery level 3                       ü               ü
     Parks & Gardens level 2               ü
     Parks & Gardens level 3               ü               ü
     Turf level 2                          ü
     Turf level 3                          ü               ü

* Note: Level 3 Traineeships and Apprenticeships in Amenity
Horticulture are currently under review. Please contact Rural Skills
Australia for further information on 9359 4003.

Traineeships
You can complete a traineeship in those occupations identified above.
A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training
through a Registered Training Organization that delivers traineeships.
This may be a TAFE or Private Training Provider. See page 50 for a
list of training providers. For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in
Amenity Horticulture see page 47.




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Apprenticeships
You can complete an apprenticeship in Nursery, Landscape Gardening,
Turf Management and Gardening. An Apprenticeship involves full time
employment as well as training through a Registered Training
Organization that delivers apprenticeships. The main differences
between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that an apprenticeship
takes 4 years to complete, is at level 3 and you are awarded with a
trade qualification.
For information on Apprenticeships see page 47.

TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option in gaining a qualification in Amenity Horticulture is to
study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE college. You do not
need to be employed in the industry to complete a course of study,
although the course may involve work experience. You may be eligible
for Youth Allowance Payments . Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full
time courses (available at newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au).
For part time courses and the contact details of college information
officers look on the same TAFE website. You can also visit the
National Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au
for a list of all training organizations and courses. Another option is to
ring the WA Training Information Centre on 13 19 54.

School
You may start your training in the Horticulture Industry whilst still at
school as a School Based Trainee (see page 48) or as a VET student.
Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where
you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Amenity Horticulture or units of
competency, towards a Certificate 1 or 2. For more information
contact the Department of Education & Training or your School VET
Coordinator. It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace
Learning in the industry (see page 58). The more industry experience
you have the better your chance will be of gaining employment.




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Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA College of Agriculture and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally   recognized    vocational  certificates   in   agriculture,
horticulture and related areas.

Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the amenity horticulture or associated industries by
gaining a university qualification. For further information on courses
related to this area of study it is suggested you visit the university
websites listed on page 55.




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Aquaculture is the term used for the farming and husbandry of aquatic
plants and animals for commercial, recreational and scientific purposes.
Aquaculture farmers are involved in all aspects of the planning, design
and operation of hatcheries, grow out ponds and floating fish cages,
where breeding takes place. They are also involved in the marketing of
their product and the management of the overall business and its
finances.

Aquaculture Technicians usually work under the supervision of a
qualified Aquaculture Farmer. Technicians undertake the many tasks
and processes involved in the cultivation of freshwater and marine life
and the care of their environment. Opportunities for employment may
exist in regional areas of WA, interstate and an increasing number of
positions in overseas locations such as Asia.

Entry to both the certificate and diploma in Aquaculture is highly
competitive with limited places offered each year. Job opportunities
are also very limited in this new emerging industry.

         How to Enter the Aquaculture Industry.
1. Look up the various sectors in the Yellow Pages and approach these
   businesses with your resume.

2. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.

3. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as traineeships. The Australian
   Government Employment Services and the Job Network, can help
   you find employment. Your local office can be accessed through
   this site.

4. Look in the ‘‘West Australian’’ or online at www.thewest.com.au

5. Consider the entry level training options on the following page.


                                   6
                       Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeships
You can complete a traineeship in Aquaculture. A traineeship involves
employment in the industry as well as training through a registered
training organization that delivers traineeships. This may be a TAFE
or Private Training Provider. See page 50 for a list of training
providers. For details and how to sign up as a trainee in aquaculture
see page 47.

TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option in gaining a qualification in Aquaculture is to study with
a Private Training Provider or TAFE college. You do not need to be
employed in the industry to complete a course of study, although the
course may involve work experience. You may be eligible for Youth
Allowance Payments. Check out the TAFE Handbook for full time
courses (available at newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part
time courses and the contact details of college information officers
look on the same TAFE website.         You can also visit the National
Training Information Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list
of all training organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the
WA Training Information Centre on 13 19 54.

School
You may start your training in the Aquaculture Industry whilst still at
school as a School Based Trainee (see page 48) or as a VET student.
Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where
you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Aquaculture or units of competency,
towards a Certificate 1 or 2. For more information contact the
Department of Education & Training or your School VET Coordinator.
It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in




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the industry (see page 58).The more industry experience you have the
better your chance will be of gaining employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally recognized vocational Certificates in Agriculture,
Horticulture and related areas.




Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the Aquaculture or associated industries by gaining a
university qualification. Career possibilities may include seafood-
processing companies, tertiary institutions, government departments,
public aquaria, or aquaculture farms or facilities and many more. For
further information on courses related to this area of study it is
suggested you visit the university websites listed on page 55.




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Environmental issues are becoming increasingly important. There are
exciting careers available in cities
and rural areas in Conservation and
Land Management.         Land care
workers are employed by State,
Territory and Local Governments,
private organizations and mining
companies. It is worth keeping in
mind that competition for work can
be very high with a great deal of work currently being undertaken by
volunteers.

There are no specific educational requirements to enter into
Conservation and Land Management. Training is usually given on the
job, although there are a number of courses that may assist you in
gaining employment.       You can enter this occupation through a
Traineeship, attend TAFE, and complete a diploma or degree
qualification or simply work in the industry.

        How to Enter Conservation & Land Management

1. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.

2. The Department of Conservation and Land Management is
   responsible for employing qualified people in a number of areas
   such as marine parks, nature reserves and state forests. For more
   information on how to become listed on their job vacancies page or
   to submit a resume, look on the website at www.calm.wa.gov

3. Have a look in the ‘West Australian’ Job vacancies. Don’t forget to
   look in the Wednesdays and Saturday’s edition of the paper and




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   the WA Government employment opportunities sections. Go online
   at www.thewest.com.au

4. Undertake some work experience in the industry. There are a
   number of volunteer programs available that will increase your
   chances of gaining employment. Checkout the following websites:
       www.calm.wa.gov
       www.greencorps.com.au
       www.conservationvolunteers.com.au

5. NRM Jobs is a weekly email bulletin which advertises job vacancies
   and other opportunities in the environment, water and natural
   resource management field in Australia and New Zealand. Have a
   look at the website www.nrmjobs.com.au. Another good website
   which provides a similar service is www.environmentaljobs.com.au

6. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as traineeships. The Australian
   Government Employment Services and the Job Network, can help
   you find employment. Your local office can be accessed through
   this site.

7. Contact your Local Government Authority to see if they employ
   Bush Regenerators to manage their natural areas.

8. Consider the following entry level training options.


                       Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeship
You can complete a t raineeship in Conservation & Land Management. A
traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training
through a Registered Training Organization that delivers traineeships.



                                  10
This may be a TAFE or a Private Training Provider. See page 50 for a
list of Training Providers.
For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Conservation & Land
Management see page 47.


TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option in gaining a qualification in Conservation & Land
Management is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE
College. You do not need to be actually employed in the industry to
complete a course of study, although the course may involve work
experience. You may be eligible for Youth Allowance payments.

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part time courses and
the contact details of college information officers look on the same
TAFE website. You can also visit the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training
organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training
Information Centre on 13 19 54.

School
You may start your training in Conservation & Land Management whilst
still at school as a School Based Trainee (see page 48) or as a VET
student. Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET)
courses where you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Conservation & Land
Management or units of competency, towards a Certificate 1 or 2. (for
more information contact the Department of Education & Training or
your School VET Coordinator). It is also useful to undertake some
Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see p  age 58). The
more industry experience you have the better your chance will be of
gaining employment.




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Agricultural Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally   recognized    vocational  certificates    in  agriculture,
horticulture and related areas.

Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the Conservation & Land Management area, or associated
industries by gaining a university qualification. Careers include an
Environmental Project Manager, Research & Development Officer,
Engineer/Scientist in Na tural Resources, Landcare Coordinator and
many more. For further information on courses related to this area of
study it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on page
55.




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The Australian Dairy Industry is Australia's
largest processed Food Industry, and ranks in the
top four of the nation's rural industries. Australia
is one of the world's leading exporters of d    airy
products, exporting over $3 billion worth of milk
and related products annually. You can gain on-the-
job experience in the dairy industry as a farm hand
and progress your way to a herd manager or farm
manager. The Dairy Industry in WA is mainly
concentrated around the South West region.

There is an excellent website (www.dairy.com.au) that explores the
vast number of careers & opportunities associated within the dairy
industry, such as cheese makers, plant technicians, milk processors
etc. There are employment opportunities working full time or part
time, even relief milkers for weekend employment are in high demand.
To increase your employment prospects for full time work it could be
useful to participate in work experience to learn some basics skills.

              How to Enter the Dairy Industry
1. For employment & traineeship information in the Dairy Industry
   phone John Giumelli from South West Regional College of TAFE on
   9728 1057.

2. Farmwest is a monthly publication, distributed to Dairy Farmers &
   other people in the industry. This may be a good publication for you
   to advertise in the ‘Employment Wanted’ section, or to check for
   job vacancies. For a copy of this publication contact Christine
   Hunter on 9795 4380.

3. There are 3 Rural Employment Agencies located in WA that
   specialize in placing people into Dairy vacancies. PGA Personnel



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   9479 4544, Rural Enterprises 9325 8411 and RANZA 9888 4017.
   (See advertisements page 21 & 22 for more details.)

4. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as traineeships. The Australian
   Government Employment Services and the Job Network, can help
   you find employment. Your local office can be accessed through
   this site.

5. Look in the two rural newspapers, Countryman & Farm Weekly,
   which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered
   at most newsagents, they have a vast number of rural employment
   opportunities.

6. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry,
   truck drivers, stock agents, distributors etc.

7. Consider the following entry level training options.

                       Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeships
You can complete a Traineeship in Agriculture (Dairy). A Traineeship
involves employment in the industry as well as training through a
Registered Training Organisation that delivers Traineeships. This may
be a TAFE or the Private Training Providers listed on page 50. South
West Regional College of TAFE Bunbury delivers Dairy Traineeships,
phone John Giumelli for more details 9728 1057.

For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Agriculture (Dairy) see
page 47.




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TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option in gaining a qualification in Agriculture (Dairy) is to
study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College. You do not
need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course of
study, however, you will need to have access to a Dairy Farm to
complete the practical components. (This may be an option if you are
not eligible to complete a Traineeship.) You may be eligible for Youth
Allowance payments.

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses. (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au) For part time courses and the
contact details of college information officers look on the same TAFE
website. You can also visit the National Training Information Service
(NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training organizations
and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training Information
Centre on 13 19 54.

School
Currently there is no specific School Based Traineeship being
delivered in the Dairy Industry. However you may start your training
as a School Based Trainee in Agriculture (General). This will give you
great experience to enter into any sector of the industry. Some
secondary schools offer special vocational courses where you can
obtain a Certificate I in Agriculture or units of competency towards a
Certificate 1 or 2. For more information contact the Department of
Education & Training or your school VET Coordinator. It is also useful
to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see
page 58). The more industry experience you have the better your
chances will be of gaining employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two year full-time




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courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally   recognized    vocational certificates in agriculture,
horticulture and related areas.

Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the Dairy or associated industries by gaining a university
qualification. Careers include an Agricultural Scientist, Herd Manager,
Animal Nutritionist, Professional Artificial Inseminator, Environmental
Health Officer and many more. For further information on courses
related to this area of study it is suggested you visit the university
websites listed on page 55.




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Farm Hands generally assist Farmers and graziers with growing crops
and raising animals and general farm work. If you enjoy living in the
bush, and working in the great outdoors then this is the career for
you. There is currently a huge shortage of skilled farm workers, for
both seasonal and full time employment. You may wish to work
seasonally during peak periods such as harvesting, seeding, shearing,
and lamb marking or gain full-time employment in the industry.

You may work on a farm, complete a Traineeship, attend TAFE or even
progress your studies with a Diploma or Degree
qualification to further your career at a
Management level. Experience may not be
necessary to enter into the industry, as long as
you have the correct attitude and willingness to
learn the skill.

           How to Start Your Career in Farming
1. There are 3 Rural Employment Agencies located in WA that
   specialize in placing people into work on farms. PGA Personnel 9479
   4544, Rural Enterprises 9325 8411 and RANZA 9888 4017. (See
   the advertisements on page 21 & 22 for more details.)

2. Look in th e ‘West Australian’ paper under ‘R’ for ‘Rural Employment’
   or online at www.thewest.com.au

3. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as traineeships. The harvest trail
   site which can be accessed from this webpage contains seasonal
   employment opportunities on farms across Australia. The
   Australian Government Employment Services, the Job Network,
   can help you find employment. Your local office can be accessed
   through this site.



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4. Look in the two rural newspapers, Countryman and Farm Weekly,
   which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered
   at most Newsagents. They have a vast number of Rural Employment
   opportunities

5. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry,
   Truck drivers, Stock Agents, Rural Merchants etc.

6. Consider the following entry level training options.

                       Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeship
You can complete a traineeship in General Agriculture, or one that
specializes, for example in Beef/Cattle production or Sheep and Wool.
A traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training
through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers traineeships.
This may be a TAFE or a Private Training Provider. See page 50 for a
list of Training Providers.
For details and how to sign up as a trainee in Agriculture see page 47.

TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option in gaining a qualification in Agriculture is to study with
a Private Training Provider or TAFE College. You do not need to be
actually employed in the industry to complete a course of study,
however, you will need to have access to a farm to complete the
practical components. (This may be an option if you are not eligible to
complete a traineeship). You may be eligible for Youth Allowance
payments .

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part time courses and
the contact details of college information officers look on the same



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TAFE website. You can also visit the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training
organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training
Information Centre on 13 19 54.




School
You may start your training in Agriculture whilst still at school as a
School Based Trainee, (See page 48) or as a VET student. Some
secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you
can obtain a Certificate 1 in Agriculture or units of competency,
towards a Certificate 1 or 2. For more information contact the
Department of Education & Training or your School VET Coordinator.
It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in
the industry (see page 58).The more industry experience you have the
better your chance will be of gaining employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally   recognized    vocational  certificates   in   agriculture,
horticulture and related areas.




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Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the Farming or associated industries by gaining a
university qualification. Career possibilities include Rural Consultant,
Rural Finance Officer, Stock & Station Agent, Farm Manager,
Research & Development Roles and many more. For further information
on courses related to this area of study it is suggested you visit the
university websites listed on page 55.




Other
Short 1 week courses, such as the Tractor driving seeding course run
by TAFE at Cunderdin Agriculture College are expected to be run
annually. These ‘Just in Time’ training courses prepare participants for
work in the busy seasonal periods and often lead to full time work.
Contact Rural Skills Australia for more information on 9359 4003.




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The WA pork industry consists of approximately 360 producers who
raise pigs for meat or future breeding stock. There are also numerous
service providers, such as feed manufacturers, vets and processors.

An increase in demand for pork in Asia has encouraged the WA
industry to expand in recent years, and with more pigs, producers
require more staff.

Pigs are bred and grown in sheds, semi extensive shelters or
completely outdoors. The main types of work within a piggery include
dry sow/mating; farrowing, weaner; and grower/finisher. In bigger
piggeries, each section may have a supervisor as well as staff, where as
on smaller farms the same person might work in all four areas.

Tasks include daily feeding and checking pigs, artificial insemination,
assisting with farrowing (giving birth), treating sick pigs, selecting sale
pigs, cleaning and disinfecting sheds, and keeping and analyzing
records. There are also the service industries such as Animal Health,
Veterinary services, Nutrition advice, Feed production, Slaughtering,
Marketing & Research & Development which can also provide
employment opportunities.

The pork industry is a sophisticated industry heavily involved in
disease prevention, quality assurance, food safety and environmental
protection. There are many employers out there looking for keen,
dedicated, responsible staff.

               How to Enter the Pork Industry
1. There are 3 Rural Employment Agencies located in WA that
   specialize in placing people into work on farms. PGA Personnel 9479
   4544, Rural Enterprises 9325 8411 & RANZA 9888 4017. (See
   advertisements page 21 & 22 for more details).




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2. Look in the ‘West Australian’ paper under ‘R’ for ‘Rural Employment’
   or online at www.thewest.com.au

3. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as Traineeships. The Australian
   Government Employment Services and the Job Network, can help
   you find employment. Your local office can be accessed through
   this site.

4. Look in the two rural newspapers, Countryman & Farm Weekly,
   which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered
   at most Newsagents. They have a vast number of Rural Employment
   opportunities.

5. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry,
   Truck Drivers, Stock Agents, Distributors etc.

6. The Pork Industry Training (WA)’s Employer Register contains a
   list of employers in the industry who have vacancies or are willing
   to be contacted by people looking for work experience. To obtain a
   copy of the Employer Register, contact Pork Industry Training
   (WA) on 9479 7311 or email emalyn@wappa.com.au.

7. Consider the following entry level training options.

                       Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeships
You can complete a traineeship in Agriculture (Pig Production). A
traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training
through a Registered Training Organisation that delivers Traineeships.
This may be a TAFE or a Private Training Provider. See page 50 for a
list of Training Providers.




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For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Agriculture (Pig
Production) see page 47.

TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option in gaining a qualification in Agriculture (Pig Production)
is to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College. You do
not need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course
of study, although the course may involve work experience. You may
be eligible for Youth Allowance payments.

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part time courses and
the contact details of college information officers look on the same
TAFE website. You can also visit the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training
organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training
Information Centre on 13 19 54.




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School
You may start your training in the Pork Industry whilst still at school
as a School Based Trainee (see page 48) or as a VET student. Some
secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you
can obtain a Certificate 1 in Agriculture or units of competency,
towards a Certificate 1 or 2. For more information contact the
Department of Education & Training or your School VET Coordinator.
It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in
the industry (see page 58). The more industry experience you have
the better your chance will be of gaining employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally   recognized    vocational  certificates    in  agriculture,
horticulture and related areas.

Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the Pork or associated industries by gaining a university
qualification. Career possibilities include a Health Practitioner, Hygiene
Specialist, Nutritionist, Research & Development Roles and many more.
For further information on courses related to this area of study it is
suggested you visit the university websites listed on page 55.

Other
Short courses are run throughout the year. The Stockperson Training
Course, which is aligned with a Certificate III in Pig Production from
C.Y.O’Connor College of TAFE, runs two days a month for six months.




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A career in Production Horticulture involves the growing of fruits and
vegetables, planting, picking and preparation of these products for
distribution. There are opportunities to gain full time employment in
the industry, complete accredited training, work in the industry as a
trainee, or seasonal or casual employment. Seasonal employment
opportunities are available throughout the state, where you can earn
good financial returns as well as gain practical experience in the
industry.

Many Horticultural enterprises are mixed operations. The industry
needs more employees who are not limited to a specific area of the
industry, but are multi-skilled across the main areas of horticulture.

           How to Enter Production Horticulture
1. For all you need to know about seasonal employment in Production
   Horticulture check out the jobsearch website and click on harvest
   trail www.jobsearch.gov.au. You can also phone the harvest trail
   hotline on 1800 062 332.

2. Look in the ‘West Australian’ paper under ‘H’ for ‘Horticulture’, ‘F’
   for ‘Fruit Picking’ or online at www.thewest.com.au

3. Look up the various industry sectors in the Yellow Pages and
   approach these businesses with your resume.

4. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.

5. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as available traineeships. The
   Australian Government Employment Services and the Job Network
   can help you find employment. Your local office can be accessed
   through this site.




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6. Consider the following entry level training options.

                       Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeship
You can complete a Traineeship in Production Horticulture. A
Traineeship involves employment in the industry as well as training
through a Registered Training Organization that delivers traineeships.
This may be a TAFE or a Private Training Provider. See Page 50 for a
list of training providers.

For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Production Horticulture
see Page 47.

TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option in gaining a qualification in Production Horticulture is
to study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College. You do not
need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course of
study, although the course may involve work experience. You may be
eligible for Youth Allowance payments.

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part time courses and
the contact details of college information officers look on the same
TAFE website. You can also visit the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training
organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training
Information Centre on 13 19 54.

School
You may start your training in Production Horticulture whilst still at
school as a School Based Trainee (see page 48) or as a VET student.
Some secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where



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you can obtain a Certificate 1 in Production Horticulture or units of
competency, towards a Certificate 1 or 2. For more information
contact the Department of Education & Training or your School VET
Coordinato r.  It is also useful to undertake some Structured
Workplace Learning in the industry (see page 58). T he more industry
experience you have the better your chance will be of gaining
employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are
not generally available in
other schools. Have a look at
the section on the WA
Colleges of Agriculture, and
the    Bindoon      Agriculture
College (see page 53).       All
offer two year full-time
courses    leading    to    the
Certificate of Secondary Education and nationally recognized
vocational certificates in agriculture, horticulture and related areas.

Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the Horticulture or associated industries by gaining a
university qualification. Careers include Horticultural Advisory Roles,
Land Rehabilitation, Horticulture Consulting, Marketing & International
Trade plus many more. For further information on courses related to
this area of study it is suggested you visit the university websites
listed on page 55.




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The Rural Industry relies very much on the services provided by Rural
Merchants. A sound knowledge of rural products such as agriculture
chemicals, animal health products and the need to provide correct
advice to rural customers is critical to the operations of Rural
Merchandising. Experience can be gained on the job or you may like to
obtain a formal qualification by completing a traineeship.

The structure of rural merchandising stores varies across WA, from
large companies such as Elders & Landmark to stores owned by private
companies.

Most major rural towns in WA will have a rural merchandise business
operating and you will even find these businesses on the fringes of the
city to service the increasing number of hobby farms.

             How to Enter Rural Merchandising
1. Look in the ‘West Australian’ paper under ‘R’ for ‘Rural Employment’
   or online at www.thewest.com.au

2. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as traineeships. The Australian
   Government Employment Services, and the Job Network, can help
   you find employment. Your local office can be accessed through
   this site.

3. Look in the two rural newspapers, Countryman & Farm Weekly,
   which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered
   at most newsagents, they have a vast number of ‘Rural Employment’
   opportunities.

4. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry,
   Suppliers, Stock Agents, and Distributors etc.




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5. The Elders website advertises positions available within the
   company in a range of occupations throughout Australia. Have a
   look for opportunities in Rural Merchandising. www.elders.com.au
   Click on ‘Career’.

6. Consider the following entry level training options.

                 Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeships
You can complete a traineeship in Rural Merchandising. A Traineeship
involves employment in the industry as well as training through a
Registered Training Organization that delivers Traineeships. This may
be a TAFE or a Private Training Provider. See page 50 for a list of
training providers.

For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Rural Merchandising see
page 47.

TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option to gain a qualification in Rural Merchandising is to
study with a Private Training Provider or TAFE College. You do not
need to be actually employed in the industry to complete a course of
study, although the course may involve work experience. You may be
eligible for Youth Allowance payments.

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part time courses and
the contact details of college information officers look on the same
TAFE website. You can also visit the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training
organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training
Information Centre on 13 19 54.




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School
Currently there is no specific School Based Traineeship being
delivered in Rural Merchandising, however you may start your training
as a School Based Trainee in Agriculture (General) with a Rural
Merchant. (See page 48) or as a VET student. Some secondary schools
offer special vocational (VET) courses where you can obtain a
Certificate 1 in Agriculture or units of competency, towards a
Certificate 1 or 2. For more information contact the Department of
Education & Training or your School VET Coordinator.). It is also useful
to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see
page 58). The more industry experience you have the better your
chance will be of gaining employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two-year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally recognized vocational certificates in           Agriculture,
Horticulture and related areas.

Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the Rural Merchandising or associated industries by
gaining a university qualification. Careers include Marketing or
Agribusiness type roles. For further information on courses related to
this area of study it is suggested you visit the university websites
listed on page 55.




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 A career in the Shearing Industry is
 challenging and physical. It offers an
 interesting lifestyle that can involve travel to
 regional and remote areas of Australia and can
 pay well.

 You can gain employment in the shearing
 industry as a shearer, shed hand, wool classer
 or wool presser. There are opportunities to gain
 accredited training in the shearing industry
 through traineeships or by attending TAFE
 courses.

 You can also work in the industry without any qualifications. Many
 people progress through the industry to become shearing contractors
 or wool classers. The practical experience in the shearing industry
 could also lead to other careers in the wool sector such as wool buying,
 or processing, and a large number of people involved in the shearing
 industry transfer their skills across to farm employment, both
 seasonal and full time. Beginning your Agriculture career in the
 shearing industry allows you an opportunity to make a large number of
 industry contacts.

        How to Enter the Wool Harvesting Industry.
1. Look in the ‘West Australian’ under R for Rural Employment or online
   at www.thewest.com.au.

2. Look in the two rural newspapers, Countryman & Farm Weekly, which
   are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered at most
   newsagents, they have a vast number of rural employment
   opportunities.




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3. Look up Shearing Contractors in the Yellow Pages and make contact
   with these people.

4. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry,
   shearing contractors, training providers, farmers etc.

5. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find employment
   opportunities as well as available traineeships. The Australian
   Government Employment Services and the Job Network, can help you
   find employment. Your local office can be accessed through this
   site.

6. Consider the following entry level training options.

                   Education & Training

 New Apprenticeships
 (Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

 Traineeships
 There are likely to be specific traineeships for shedhands and
 shearers in the near future, so it is worth checking with Rural Skills
 Australia on 9359 4003 for up to date information. Many trainees
 currently complete the Certificate 2 & 3 in Agriculture (Sheep &
 Wool) whilst working as shed hands. This program is offered by the
 Central West College of TAFE in the Mid West and Gascoyne regions
 of the state. The college can be contacted on 9956 2700 for further
 information. You will need to find employment in the industry in these
 regions to complete the traineeship.

 For details on how to sign up as a Trainee in Agriculture see page 47.

 TAFE or Private Training Provider
 Another option in gaining a qualification in shearing or as a shedhand is
 to study at TAFE or through a Private Training Provider, which may
 also involve work experience. You do not need to be employed in the
 industry to complete this form of training.


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For more information contact:
The WA Shearing Industry Training Association:          9824 1358
WA Wool Technology Centre:                              9229 8435
Central West College of TAFE:                           9956 2700

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part time courses and
the contact details of college information officers look on the same
TAFE website. You can also visit the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training
organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training
Information Centre on 13 19 54.

School
Unfortunately, unlike other sectors in the rural industry you are
unable to do a School Based Traineeship in the Shearing Industry,
(this is likely to change, please check with us on 9359 4003). Some
secondary schools offer special vocational courses where you can
obtain a Certificate 1 in Agriculture or units of competency, towards a
Certificate 1 or 2. This would give you some relevant industry
experience. For more information contact the Department of
Education & Training or your School VET Coordinator. It is also useful
to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in the industry (see
page 58). The more industry experience you have the better your
chance will be of gaining employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agricultu re College (see page 53). All offer two year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally   recognized    vocational   certificates    in  agriculture,
horticulture and related areas.




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A career in the Pastoral Industry offers
you    a   vast    range    of     employment
opportunities as well as being extremely
rewarding. If you enjoy living in the bush,
enjoying the wonders of the natural
environment and working in the great
outdoors then this is the career for you.
Employment prospects in the pastoral industry across Australia are
very high, especially for skilled workers.

There are employment prospects across a range of fields from station
hands, to station managers, mustering pilots to mechanics. Seasonal
employment is available during p  eaks periods such as mustering or
shearing as well as a large number of permanent positions. Many
experienced people now work in the industry, operating seasonal
contract businesses such as fencing or mustering.

Experience may not be necessary to enter into the industry, as long as
you have the right attitude and the willingness to learn the skills. You
may choose to find a job on a station, complete a traineeship or even
progress your studies with a diploma or degree to further your career
at a Management level.

Some stations, depending on their size and location offer opportunities
for employment in areas other than stationhand work. These positions
may include, boreman, grader driver, domestic hand, station cook,
stockcamp cook or even as a governess ( teaching children on School of
the Air). Refer to the Rural Employment advertisements on pages 21 &
22.

For a copy of the booklet, ‘A Guide for Station Hands’, which provides
useful information for people wishing to enter into this employment,
contact Rural Skills Australia on 9359 4003.




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               How to Enter the Pastoral Industry
1.   There are 3 Rural Employment Agencies located in WA that
     specialize in placing people into work on farms. PGA Personnel 9479
     4544, Rural Enterprises 9325 8411 and RANZA 9888 4017. (See
     advertisements page 21 & 22 for more details.)

2. Look in the ‘West Australian’ paper under ‘R’ for ‘Rural Employment’
   or online at www.thewest.com.au

3. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find employment
   opportunities as well as traineeships. The Australian Government
   Employment Services and the Job Network, can help you find
   employment. Your local office can be accessed through this site.

4. Look in the two rural newspapers, Countryman and Farm Weekly,
   which are published on a weekly basis and can be found or ordered at
   most newsagents. They have a vast number of rural employment
   opportunities.

5. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry,
   truck drivers, stock agents etc.

6. Consider the following entry level training options.




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                       Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeships
You can complete a traineeship in General Agriculture or one that
specializes in Beef Cattle Production or Sheep & Wool. A traineeship
involves employment in the industry as well as training through a
Registered Training Organization that delivers traineeships. This may
be a TAFE or a Private Training Provider. See page 50 for a list of
Training Providers.

For details and how to sign up as a Trainee in Agriculture see page 47.

TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option in gaining a qualification in Agriculture is to study with
a private training provider or TAFE College. You do not need to be
actually employed in the industry to complete a course of study,
however, you will need to have access to a farm or station to complete
the practical components. (This may be the option if you are not
eligible to complete a traineeship). You may be eligible for Youth
Allowance payments .

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part time courses and
the contact details of college information officers look on the same
TAFE website. You can also visit the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training
organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training
Information Centre on 13 19 54.

School
You may start your training in Agriculture whilst still at school as a
School Based Trainee (see page 48) or as a VET student. Some
secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you



                                  38
can obtain a Certificate 1 in Agriculture or units of competency,
towards a Certificate 1 or 2. For more information contact the
Department of Education & Training or your School VET Coordinator.
It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in
the industry (see page 58). The more industry experience you have
the better your chance will be of gaining employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two-year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally - recognized vocational certificates in agriculture,
horticulture and related areas.




Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the Pastoral or associated industries by gaining a
university qualification. Careers include Consulting Roles, Research &
Development, Farm or Station Management, Exporting and Marketing
and many more. For further information on courses related to this
area of study it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on
page 55.


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If you enjoy working with animals, you will love a career as a Veterinary
Nurse. Veterinary Nurses assist Veterinarians in the treatment and
care of animals needing medical and/or surgical attention. Veterinary
Nurses are mainly employed by Veterinarians in private practices.
Some find work looking after animals in veterinary research or
teaching institutions. There is also the opportunity to gain employment
in marketing & merchandising with veterinary pharmaceutical
organizations. You could also enter into the area of veterinary practice
management.

Many potential Veterinary Nurses enter the industry by gaining hands
on work experience in a veterinary practice. Once they develop their
skills and knowledge they can undertake training which will give them a
recognized qualification in Veterinary Nursing. However, to be
registered as a Veterinary Nurse a Certificate IV qualification must
be achieved.

Veterinary Nursing is a highly
competitive occupation where
there are usually a large
number of applicants for job
vacancies. If you enjoy
working    intensively     with
larger animals, have a look at
other associated occupations.
The websites listed on page 61 will provide you with information on
rural careers involving animal care.




                                  40
              How to Enter Veterinary Nursing
1. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as traineeships. The Australian
   Government Employment Services and the Job Network, can help
   you find employment. Your local office can be accessed through
   this site.

2. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.
   This is particularly relevant in this industry as many fulltime
   positions are taken by part time or work experience employees.

3. Look up Veterinary practices in the Yellow Pages and approach
   these businesses with your resume.

4. Applied Vocational Training, a Registered Training Organisation,
   delivers Veterinary Nursing Training and advertises job vacancies
   on it’s website at www.appvoc.com

5. Consider the following entry level training options.

                       Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeship
You can complete a traineeship in Veterinary Nursing. A traineeship
involves employment in the industry as well as training through a
Registered Training Organization that delivers traineeships. It takes
two years to complete a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as a full
time traineeship. See page 50 for a list of Training Providers.

For details and how to sign up as a trainee in Veterinary Nursing see
page 47.




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TAFE & Private Training Provider
Another option to gain a qualification in Vet Nursing is to study with a
                                                 ou
private training provider or TAFE college. Y do not need to be
employed in the industry to complete this training, however you will
need to have access to a working veterinary practice for a minimum of
1 day a week, to complete the practical components. (This could be paid
or volunteer work). You may also be eligible for youth allowance.

Full time or part time courses in Veterinary Nursing Certificate 1V are
offered by two training providers Bentley TAFE 9267 7116 or Applied
Vocational Training 9456 1060. Both these providers offer courses by
correspondence to cater for students who live in Regional areas.

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part time courses and
the contact details of college information officers look on the same
TAFE website. You can also visit the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training
organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training
Information Centre on 13 19 54.

School
Unfortunately, you cannot do Veterinary Nursing as a School Based
Traineeship. It is useful to undertake some Structured Workplace
Learning in the industry (see page 58). The more industry experience
you have the better your chances will be of gaining employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two-year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally recognized vocational certificates in agriculture,




                                  42
horticulture and related areas. This qualification may be beneficial for
students wishing to enter into further training in Veterinary Nursing.

Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other careers
later in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in the Veterinary or associated industries by gaining a
university qualification. Careers include, Private Vete rinary Practices,
Disease Control Units, Quarantine Services, Veterinary Research and
many more. . For further information on courses related to this area of
study it is suggested you visit the university websites listed on page
55.




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A Viticulturist is responsible for creating the perfect conditions for
the growing and harvesting of grapes. They monitor the soil, determine
the best irrigation strategy for vines and decide on the disease and
pest control program for the vineyard. To become a Viticulturist you
will need to complete a Bachelor Degree or higher qualification. Under
the instruction of the Viticulturist, vineyard hands prepare the ground
for planting, monitor the soils and irrigation systems and look after
the trellises and vines. Most positions for viticulture hands tend to be
seasonal and on a casual basis, with demand strongest over the pruning
and harvesting periods. There is a serious shortage of well trained
workers in this area, and undertaking formal training, will enhance
opportunities for employment in the longer term.

          How to Enter the Viticulture Industry
1. For all you need to know about seasonal employment in Viticulture
   check out the jobsearch website and click on harvest trail.
   www.jobsearch.gov.au. You can also phone the harvest trail hotline
   on 1800 062 332.

2. Look in the ‘West Australian’ paper under V for Viticulture, or
   online at www.thewest.com.au

3. Look up the various industry sectors in the Yellow Pages and
   approach these businesses with your resume

4. Talk to people currently employed or associated with the industry.

5. Have a look at www.jobsearch.gov.au where you will find
   employment opportunities as well as available traineeships. The
   Australian Government Employment Services and the Job Network,
   can help you to find employment. Your local office can be accessed
   through this site.




                                  44
6. For a list of Viticulture Job Agencies across Australia and
   International   Exchange   Programs   have   a   look    at,
   www.winediva.com.au

7. Consider the following entry level training options.




                        Education & Training

New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

Traineeship
You can complete a traineeship in v  iticulture. A traineeship involves
employment in the industry as well as training through a Registered
Training Organization that delivers traineeships. This may be a TAFE
or a Private Training Provider. See page 50 for a list of Training
Providers.

For details and how to sign up as a trainee in viticulture see page 47.

TAFE or Private Training Provider
Another option to gain a qualification in viticulture is to study with a
Private Training Provider or TAFE college. You do not need to be
employed in the industry to complete a course of study, although the
course may involve work experience. You may be eligible for Youth
Allowance Payments.

Check out the TAFE Handbook, for full time courses (available at
newsagents or online at www.tafe.gov.au). For part time courses and
the contact details of college information officers look on the same



                                   45
TAFE website. You can also visit the National Training Information
Service (NTIS) website www.ntis.gov.au for a list of all training
organizations and courses. Another option is to ring the WA Training
Information Centre on 13 19 54.

School
You may start your training in Viticulture whilst still at school as a
School Based Trainee (see page 48) or as a VET student. Some
secondary schools offer special vocational (VET) courses where you
can obtain a Certificate 1 in Viticulture or units of competency,
towards a Certificate 1 or 2. For more information contact the
Department of Education & Training or your School VET Coordinator.
It is also useful to undertake some Structured Workplace Learning in
the industry (see page 58). The more industry experience you have
the better your chance will be of gaining employment.

Agriculture Colleges
Agricultural Colleges offer education and training opportunities for
Yr11 & 12 students that are not generally available in other schools.
Have a look at the section on the WA Colleges of Agriculture, and the
Bindoon Agriculture College (see page 53). All offer two year full-time
courses leading to the Certificate of Secondary Education and
nationally   recognized    vocational  certificates    in  agriculture,
horticulture and related areas.

Tertiary
Building on their industry experience with a university degree has
proven a successful career pathway for many people. Many others
enter tertiary studies straight from school or from other career later
in life. Opportunities exist to enhance employment and career
prospects in Vi ticulture or associated industries by gaining a university
qualification. Careers include marketing, consulting, wine making, cellar
supervision, winery maintenance engineer and many more. For further
information on courses related to this area of study it is suggested
you visit the university websites listed on page 55.




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New Apprenticeships
(Traineeships and Apprenticeships)

A New Apprenticeship is the general term given to both traineeships
and apprenticeships.

Traineeships
Many of the qualifications in the Rural Production, Amenity
Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management & Vet Nursing Training
Packages are now available as New Apprenticeships.

Trainees complete their nationally recognized certificates as they
develop their skills in the workplace under the supervision of an
employer. Training is provided under a variety of delivery methods, by
Registered Training Organizations (such as TAFE, or private training
providers). The training provider assesses the trainee and awards the
certificate on successful completion. You must be employed full or part
time in the industry in order to complete a Traineeship.

v Trainees are paid a wage by the employer during their training and
  where eligible a living away from home allowance is paid by the
  government.
v The State Department of Productivity and Labour Relations
  provides advice on wage rates and employment conditions. For
  more information phone 1300 655 266 or online at
  www.doplar.wa.gov.au
v Traineeships are not just for young people. Anyone who is 15- 64
  years of age may be eligible to be employed as a Trainee.
v You don’t even need to be unemployed. Existing employees & family
  members may be eligible under some circumstances.
v A traineeship could be the beginning of a successful career leading
  to a diploma or higher qualification.
v   Employers of trainees may be eligible for a range of financial
  incentives from the Government.


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v Trainees may be eligible for a Living Away From Home Allowance
  (LAFHA) for up to two years. New Apprentices may be eligible for
  LAFHA if they had to move away from the parental/guardian home
  to commence or remain in a New Apprenticeship or they are
  homeless. Check your eligibility with a New Apprenticeships Centre
  (see page 52).

Apprenticeships
The only sector of the Primary industry that you can complete an
Apprenticeship in is Amenity Horticulture. (Gardening, Landscape
Gardening, Nursery Person or Turf Management).

The main difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is
that your employment must be full time, an apprenticeship currently
takes 4 years to complete and apprentices are awarded with a TRADE
qualification.

For more information on New Apprenticeships ring 131954 or visit the
      website s at http://www.newapprenticeships.gov.au/ and
 www.apprenticeships.training.wa.gov.au. There is also a list of New
             Apprenticeship Centers in WA on Page 52.


School Based Traineeships
A school based traineeship provides an opportunity for full time
secondary school students to begin preparing themselves for a career
in the workforce. They are a great way to develop your skills and get
paid at the same time. With a school based traineeship you can work
towards secondary graduation and an industry recognized qualification.
School Based Traineeships can open up new career and employment
opportunities.

School Based Trainees work and train in the industry during the school
year and in some cases during part of their school holidays.
Employment is usually for one day per week or the equivalent number
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certificate gained (usually a Certificate 2) may be included on the
student’s final secondary school certificate.

For more information on School Based Traineeships contact the
Department of Education and Training on 9264 5005 or visit the
website at http://eddept.wa.edu.au/contact_us.asp




The Golden Circle ‘Kid Start Farms’ sponsorship is worth $1500+ GST
to employers of School Based Traineeships in Agriculture and
Production Horticulture, including Floriculture & Nursery (excluding
Landscaping and Turf).
Application forms and further information are available on the Rural
Skills Australia website at www.ruralskills.com.au


 I’m Interested In Doing A New Apprenticeship-
             So What’s the Next Step?

Step 1
Having decided which industry you would like to complete a
traineeship in, the next step is to find an employer willing
to take you on. Have a look at the different methods that
are listed in the ‘How to Find Employment’ section for each
of the occupations detailed in this book.

Step 2
Once you have found employment, refer your employer to
the New Apprenticeship website or a New Apprenticeships
Centre for further information on how a New
Apprenticeship works. You can also call the NAC Hotline



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on 1800 639 629 or ask your employer phone Rural Skills
Australia on 9359 4003.

Step 3
The New Apprenticeships Centre (NAC) will sign you up,
and give you advice on a suitable training provider. If you
wish to investigate your possible training provider options,
see below.

Step 4
You are now ready to start your New Apprenticeship!


WA Traineeship contracted Registered Training Organizations,
including  Private    Training     Providers.  (September 2003)
http://www.apprenticeships.training.wa.gov.au/

Agriculture Training Providers
 Central West (Geraldton/Carnarvon) TAFE                  0417 969 944
 C.Y. O’Connor TAFE (Northam/Moora)                       08 9622 3905
 C.Y. O’Connor TAFE (Narrogin)                            08 9881 3366
 Swan TAFE (Bentley)                                      08 9274 9238
 Great Southern TAFE (Albany)                             08 9892 8771
 Curtin University of Technology (Kalgoorlie/Esperance)   08 9088 6825
 Coastal & Rural Training Providers                       08 9305 7669
 Farm Information Services                                08 9291 8833

Horticultural Training Providers
 C.Y. O’Connor TAFE                                       08 9622 3905
 Central West College of TAFE                             08 9956 2773
 Challenger TAFE (Murdoch/Beaconsfield)                   08 9599 8625
 Eastern Pilbara TAFE (South Hedland)                     08 9158 9400
 Coastal & Rural Training Providers                       08 9305 7669
 Farm Information Services                                08 9291 8833
 Great Southern TAFE (Albany)                             08 9892 8771
 Jobs South West Inc                                      08 9754 7333



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 Kimberley College of TAFE                            08 9168 0868
 Midland College of TAFE                              08 9274 9238
 South West TAFE (Bunbury/Busselton/Margaret River)   08 9757 2310
 Central Area Region Training Services                08 9622 6523
 Australian Horticultural Training                    08 9485 1144
 The Calix Group                                      08 9250 2877
 SMYL Community Services                              08 9430 4921
 Green Skills Inc                                     08 9336 1033
 Djaringo Pty Ltd                                     08 9193 7100

Veterinary Nursing Training Providers
 Swan TAFE (Bentley)                                  08 9274 9238

Conservation and Land Management Training Providers
 Green Skills Inc                                     08 9336 1033
 The Calix Group                                      08 9250 2877
 Great Southern TAFE (Albany)                         08 9892 8771
 Challenger TAFE (Peel)                               08 9239 8211
 South West TAFE (Busselton)                          08 9754 2067

Aquaculture Training Providers
 Challenger TAFE                                      08 9239 8211
 Kimberley College of TAFE                            08 9168 0838
 Central West College of TAFE                         08 9956 2773
 Great Southern College of TAFE (Albany)              08 9892 8796

New Apprenticeships Centers (NACs)
NAC’s are contracted by the Government to promote
traineeships & apprenticeships. They will help you find a
Registered Training Organization, register the training contract
and organize payment of the eligible employer financial incentive
and, where applicable, the Living Away From Home Allowance
(LAFHA). Phone the New Apprenticeships Centre Hotline on
1800 639 629 check out the list below or see the information
at www.newapprenticeships.gov.au



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WA New Apprenticeships Centres (September 2003)

Metropolitan Area
AMA Service Pty Ltd                          08 9273 3042
Jobs West                                    1300 303 677
Centrecare Employment Service                08 9322 2443
CCI Employfast                               1800 224 224

The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Company
Albany                                       08 9841 7740
Bunbury                                      1800 627 188
Busselton                                    1800 678 001
Mandurah                                     1800 060 182
Manjimup                                     08 9777 2115
Narrogin                                     08 9881 2168

CCI Employfast
Statewide                                    1800 224 224
Bunbury                                      08 9780 7384
Narrogin                                     08 9881 3366
Albany                                       08 9841 8866
Northam                                      08 9622 7890
Geraldton                                    08 9921 6287
Kalgoorlie                                   08 9021 2466
Esperance                                    08 9071 6781
Karratha                                     08 9144 2140
Broome                                       08 9192 8588
Mandurah                                     08 9586 7400




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There are six campuses of the West
Australian College of Agriculture
located     at   Cunderdin,   Denmark,
Esperance,     Harvey,    Morawa     and
Narrogin. All offer Yr11 & 12 courses
leading to a Certificate of Secondary
Education & nationally recognized
Certificates in Agriculture, Horticulture and related areas. Students
are selected on a genuine desire for a career in rural or allied
industries and not on experience. A range of general & agriculture
related subjects are offered whilst each campus offers some
specialist programs such as dairy, cropping, and viticulture etc. All the
campuses have very good boarding facilities, with successful graduates
being highly sought after by employers.

A one week try out may be available at some colleges for prospective
students by contacting the relevant principal.
For more information phone: 9264 4877
Website: http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/wacoa/info.html




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Catholic Agriculture College Bindoon
Catholic Agriculture College B  indoon is a Year 8-12 co-educational
College for day and residential students specializing in Agriculture,
Hospitality, Equine Management, Outdoor Education and Auto
Workshops. The Agriculture program provides students with a sound
basis for those looking at a career in Agriculture and related
industries. Successful students gain the WA Certificate of Education
and can also complete Certificates 1 & 2 in Agriculture.
For more information phone- 9576 1040

*Note students studying at the WA College of Agriculture or Bindoon
Agriculture College can progress to further study at TAFE Colleges
and Muresk Institute of Agriculture.

Christian Brothers Agricultural School, Tardun
Christian Brothers Agricultural College at Tardun is a boarding school
for boys in Yrs 8 to 10. The school is set on 13,000 acres and is
located 425 km north of Perth. Boys looking for a career in Agriculture
and related industries are well catered for. Religious education,
computer studies, sciences, hospitality, physical education and much
more are available in the program. Many subjects qualify as vocational
education training and gain the student a TAFE certificate.

For more information please phone 9961 5212




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University agricultural graduates are in high demand. Graduates
with Bachelor or Honors Degrees in agricultural or horticultural
areas of study find employment within a wide range of government
departments, private organizations and educational institutions.
Degrees also provide graduates with skills for self employment
opportunities.

Many people working successfully in the agribusiness or corporate
sector of the rural industry advise you to take the time to gain
hands on practical experience in order to have a broader
understanding of all facets of the industry you will be working in.
Practical experience may consist of seasonal employment such as
mustering, harvesting or seeding, which may coincide with
university holidays.

Please contact these universities for a list of their course outlines.
It may also be worth enquiring if any of the units can be offered
externally where this study option would suit your situation.


 University of Western Australia
 www.fnas.uwa.edu.au                                   08 9380 2565
 Curtin University of Technology
 www.curtin.edu.au/curtin/muresk                       08 9690 1592
 Edith Cowan University
 www.ecu.edu.au                                        08 9273 8665
 Murdoch University
 www.murdoch.edu.au                                    08 9360 6538
 University of Notre Dame
 www.nd.edu.au                                         08 9433 0555




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Muresk Institute of Agriculture
For students who haven’t gained university entrance, the Muresk
Institute of Agriculture offers entry to its Agribusiness Degree
program to those with a Certificate IV in Agriculture or through
a bridging course, provided you meet criteria set by the
Department of Education, Science and Training (details are
available from Muresk).

The bridging course involves external study combined with three
residential seminars (approximately 6.5 weeks in total) and nine to
twelve months full time work on a commercial farming,
horticultural, viticultural or pastoral property. Units of study are
Farm Practice, Agribusiness Computing, Agribusiness Mathematics
and Agribusiness Communications.

Selection is by interview during December and early January.
Appointments can be made from November on with the course
Coordinator. Ring Muresk on 9690 1592 for more information.


Scholarships & Bursaries
Almost every university, including the agriculture colleges, and
those universities that offer distance education have a wide range
of scholarships and b  ursaries that are available and will greatly
contribute to your university fees. These change on a regular
basis and financial contribution and criteria varies between each
institution. When contacting the institutions make sure you ask for
information on the current range of scholarships sent to you.


University by Distance Education
There are also a large number of universities in the Eastern States
that offer some fantastic Agriculture and Horticulture related
courses. Many of these universities specialize in delivering
qualifications on campus but also through Distance Education. This
is becoming a popular way to study for people who do not have




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access to university campuses. It allows students to complete
their course off campus by receiving notes and teaching material
by mail or online. Residential or weekend schools may be compulsory
in some courses which would require attendance at the Campus.
This would usually be once or twice a year. Listed below are some
of the universities that deliver by distance education.

 Charles Stuart University                     02 6933 2147

 University of New England                     02 6773 2347

 Marcus Oldham                                 03 5243 3533

 Orange Agricultural College                   02 6360 5555

 The University of Melbourne                   03 8344 0276




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Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)
Structured Workplace Learning is a structured work placement
program and an accredited Curriculum Council subject that
contributes to a student’s secondary graduation. Students must
choose a particular industry to gain unpaid work experience in whilst
still at school.   If students are interested in working in the
agriculture or horticulture industries it is advisable to complete
some SWL in this field. It’s a good opportunity to gain valuable
experience, enhancing your employment opportunities.
Speak to your school VET Coordinator for further information o      n
SWL.

TAFE
TAFE offers a huge and diverse range of courses from certificates
to advanced diplomas. There are TAFE Colleges located in both
Metropolitan & Regional areas of WA. It often pays to contact the
individual TAFE campus as courses offered can change regularly.
Have a look at the TAFE website for a list of courses offered.
www.tafe.gov.au

Group Training Companies (GTC s)
Group Training Companies employ apprentices and trainees and place
them with host employers. Group Training Company arrangements
can assist employers who do not have sufficient work to employ a
person for the full term of an apprenticeship or traineeship, or who
are unable to provide all aspects of the required training. Group
Training Companies are also very experienced with School Based
Traineeship arrangements. Call the Group Training Company Hotline
on 1800 819 747 for more information.



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AgbizCareers                                   1300 360 533
AgBiz is specifically designed as an independent resource for the
Australian Agribusiness sector. The site offers a virtual conduit
between career seekers, employers and agribusiness recruitment
agencies.
www.agbizcareers.com.au

Agricultural Appointments                        (02) 9223 9944
By using this website you can find a listing of the current
opportunities in Agriculture related careers Australia wide.
www.agappointments.com.au

Jobguide
www.jobguide.dest.gov.au

Australian Jobsearch
Is an employment website targeted at employers, recruits and
jobseekers. The website includes comprehensive job listings, job
posting facilities, online resumes, advice on careers & training plus
related links.

www.jobsearch.gov.au

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry Australia
(AFFA)                                     (02) 6272 3933

This website contains positions vacant with the Department of
Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry. It is worth a look as there is a
huge range of different positions across Australia with Departments
such as the Australian Quarantine & Inspection Services and the
Bureau of Rural Science.
www.affa.gov.au




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Agriventure                                         1800 257 197
International Agricultural Exchanges offer young people the
opportunity to participate in an International Exchange, where you
can choose from a variety of Agriculture, Horticulture, Home
Management or combined programs. It’s a great way to work, gain
International Experience in the Industry as well as have the
opportunity to travel overseas.
www.agriventure.com.au




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 ONTrack                                www.ruralskills.com.au/ontrack
 Here you will find an interactive website containing a vast array of
 information on today’s exciting Rural Career opportunities. From
 Animal Care to Production Horticulture.
 If you would like to obtain a copy of the ONTrack CD Rom please
 contact Rural Skills Australia on 9359 4003.

§ Dairy Careers                                        www.dairy.com.au
  This website contains useful job descriptions of the variety of jobs
  available in not only Dairying but the Agriculture Industry as a whole.
  Check out the profiles as well as the useful web links.

§ Careers in Agriculture                 www.careersinagriculture.info
  Select from the fields of interest list to see what specific job titles
  are available. To find out more about a specific job, follow the link.
  You will see more details of the duties involved, likely employers,
  related jobs and the training and study pathways available to you.

§ General Career Information
  There are a number of websites available to provide you with useful
  and up to date career information in a huge range of industries,
  including opportunities in Agriculture and Horticulture.

                       Career Information Centre
                      cic.per@centrelink.gov.au
                 263 Adelaide Terrace PERTH 6000 WA
                       Phone- (08) 9464 1305
                         Fax- (08) 9464 1360




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 Get Access                                    www.getaccess.wa.gov.au
                s
 Get Access i a dynamic interactive website that features a huge
 range of career and employment related information and resources.
 The training site section of the map links you to websites of key
 training providers, including TAFE, Universities, & Private Training
 Providers., it also includes apprenticeship and traineeship information
 and has the online TAFE Handbook and the Training, Education and
 Employment Manual.

§ The Department of Education Science and Training
  (DEST)                                        http://www.dest.gov.au/
  This website has many valuable resources for young people including
  the Australian Job Guide. (Click on ‘careers’)




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There are three options for financial government assistance if you
are a young person and are either studying or undertaking training.

Youth Allowance                                       132490
For fulltime students aged between 16 to 24 Youth Allowance will
provide you with a basic income to support you in this stressful time
of study.

Austudy                                             132490
If you are aged over 25 and enrolled as a fulltime student Austudy
will help with your study costs.

Abstudy                                              132317
For Indigenous students Abstudy payments may be able to help you
stay at school or go on to further study. It consists of fortnightly
living allowance payments as well as additional components to help
with the cost associated with attending school.
www.centrelink.gov.au

HECS
www.hecs.gov.au/hecs.htm
This website will provide you with up to date information on the
Higher Education Contribution Scheme .

WAGELINE for wage information 1300 655 266 and
http://www.doplar.wa.gov.au




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              NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
                 FOR AGRICULTURE

                                            Agricultural Business Owner
       Advanced Diploma in Agriculture Agricultural Business Manager
                                            TAFE Lecturer



                                            Agriculture Bus iness Manager
           Diploma in Agriculture
                                            Agricultural College Trainer




                                            Supervisor
         Certificate IV in Agriculture      Agricultural Department Tech
                                            Quarantine Inspector
                                            Traineeship level 4



                                            Farm Operations
         Certificate III in Agriculture     Traineeship level 3
                                            (Trade level)



                                            Farm/Station Worker
         Certificate II in Agriculture      Traineeship level 2
                                            (Agricultural College level)




        Certificate I in Rural Operations   (High s chool level)




     Similar qualification pathways exist in Horticulture,
Conservation and Land Management and (soon) Animal Care.


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