Agricultural Centre to be set up in Toowoomba

Industry leaders driving educational opportunities and innovation in sustainable agriculture on the Darling Downs

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Members of industry who met were (back row from left) Peter Smith – AgForce Training Manager, Brent Kinnane – General Manager, TAFE SW Qld, Guy Hoffensetz – CEO, Vanderfield, Kylie Lee - TAFE SW Qld, Tim Ford - Owner, Feed Central, David Parker – Queensland Business Manager, Boomaroo Nursery, Bruce McConnel, TSBE’s Food Leaders Australia, Jeff Schultesis – Owner, Downs Fresh. (Front row from left) Peter Wilson - AGT Foods, Michael Matthewson – Founder, Foodability Co, Mary Campbell – CEO, TAFE Qld, Geraldine Doumany, TSBE’s Food Leaders Australia, Michele Berkhout – Commercial Manager, TAFE SW Qld.

Members of industry who met were (back row from left) Peter Smith – AgForce Training Manager, Brent Kinnane – General Manager, TAFE SW Qld, Guy Hoffensetz – CEO, Vanderfield, Kylie Lee - TAFE SW Qld, Tim Ford - Owner, Feed Central, David Parker – Queensland Business Manager, Boomaroo Nursery, Bruce McConnel, TSBE’s Food Leaders Australia, Jeff Schultesis – Owner, Downs Fresh. (Front row from left) Peter Wilson - AGT Foods, Michael Matthewson – Founder, Foodability Co, Mary Campbell – CEO, TAFE Qld, Geraldine Doumany, TSBE’s Food Leaders Australia, Michele Berkhout – Commercial Manager, TAFE SW Qld.

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TAFE partners with industry set up an Agricultural Centre for Excellence in the region.

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Food and agricultural industry leaders met with senior representatives from TAFE Queensland last week to start engagement regarding the set up an Agricultural Centre for Excellence in the region.

It was announced last year that Toowoomba was set to grow its reputation as an agriculture and health training hub with a new training centre being built, which is part of a $7 million campus redevelopment at TAFE Queensland’s Toowoomba campus.

With the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges winding down and closing by the end of 2019 this news comes at the right time to continue the training opportunities in the Ag Industry.

This industry consultation will assist to improve the educational opportunities available to young people and transition to more modern, cost-effective training and will support regional economies. The focus is on delivering high-quality training to ensure the agricultural industry’s future workforce is equipped with a broad set of up-to-date skills.

General Manager at TAFE Queensland South West Region, Brent Kinnane, said the focus is on driving educational opportunities and innovation in sustainable agriculture and horticulture practises.

 “It was great to have industry engaged at this early stage to work out practical deliverables and outcomes that work for primary producers,” Mr Kinnane said.

Others in attendance included AgForce’s training manager, Peter Smith, who said AgForce was looking forward to working with TAFE on this exciting concept as part of it’s commitment to supporting training and education for agriculture.

“Agriculture has a tremendous future as a provider of exciting and satisfying careers so it is critical that the right skills and training pathways are in place,” Mr Smith said.

Bruce McConnel, Food Leaders Australia General Manager Bruce McConnel they are excited about what this means for the Toowoomba region.

“We will continue to work with TAFE to drive industry engagement and relevance of the centre of excellence,” Mr McConnel said.

“It is great to see opportunities to grow the vocational education, training and skills sector in regional Queensland and help boost economic growth in our region.”

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