A new gap year program is being introduced next year to help encourage young people to stay in, and move to, regional and remote farming and agricultural areas.
AgCAREERSTART will begin from March 2022, and is an initiative by the Australian Government and will be delivered by the National Farmers' Federation.
Participants in the program will be matched with an on farm job and over the year long program they will be given training and development opportunities and gain access to industry events and experiences.
National Farmers Federation Chief Executive, Tony Mahar believes this will be a great program for young people to undertake training and gain support and experience in the agricultural sector.
"This is a great opportunity for school leavers to give agriculture a go through a supported program," he said.
"Participants will be employed by the agricultural sector under award wages, be fully supported throughout the pilot, including relocation assistance, ongoing pastoral care and provided accredited training in operational skills important to safely working on an operational farm."
Member for Barker, Tony Pasin MP is excited about what this program will mean for the Limestone Coast and the wider Barker District.
"Programs like this will ensure that our youth can kick-start their career in agriculture and continue living in regional communities across Barker as they progress their careers," he said
"It will also attract young Australians from urban areas to our region, give them work in the agriculture sector, and show them just how good we have it here in Barker."
The program is open for anyone under the age of 24 to apply and you can register your interest to be a participant or a farm host through the AgCAREERSTART website