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TAFE Western catering for a life on the land

Pictured is Maddyson Brown who studied Certificate III in Agriculture at Dubbo College. Photo: Supplied Pictured is Maddyson Brown who studied Certificate III in Agriculture at Dubbo College. Photo: Supplied

Each Australian farmer produces enough food to feed 600 people, and produces almost 93 per cent of the country’s daily domestic food supply, according to the National Farmers Federation – and that’s just the half of it. So it’s no surprise that it’s important for country kids to take advantage of an extensive range of agricultural and farming training.

TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter said their stimulating, hands-on courses were ideal for those interested in expanding their skills or forging a career on the land.

“Some of the courses available at TAFE Western include conservation and land management, agriculture, horticulture, wool handling and classing, shearing and holistic management – just to name a few,” she said.

In an attempt to also close the gap between producer and consumer, and city and bush, Ms Baxter said multi award-winning program TAFE Western Connect (TWC), an innovative training solution offering easy access to study options in rural and remote areas, was a convenient option for many farmers.

“TWC offers students who wish to study where they live or work, flexible, quality study options no matter their location,” she said.

“As well as delivering training via our mobile unit fleet, TWC offers a number of other study options, including online learning, connected classrooms and web conferences.”