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Title: Developing education capacity in the Australian Cotton Industry
Authors: Staines, Trudy
Keywords: education
school syllabus
capacity building
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2015
Publisher: CSIRO Agricultural Flagship
Series/Report no.: ;CSE1305
Abstract: In 2008 the Cotton CRC invested in an Education Officer for 5 years to promote science and agriculture in schools. The schools program was developed to enhance and expand the science and environmental management syllabus in primary and high schools by providing relevant cotton information and opportunities for practical on-farm activities. The strategy proposed by the Cotton CRC was the promotion of science and agriculture in schools to encourage school students into careers in science and agriculture, specifically the cotton industry through collaborations with school teachers, scientists, the cotton extension teams, industry, catchment and government education agencies, to encourage primary and secondary school students to develop resources and implement science and agricultural based activities that engage students and ultimately promote the cotton industry as an employee’s career of choice. The three year project reported herein is the continuation of that initial project directly with the CRDC. As per the previous role, the Education Officer continued to be employed by CSIRO based at the Australian Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri. This facilitated continued direct connections with the industry, schools and rural communities. There was a shift in the current project to include a new initiative to better connect university graduates with potential employers in the cotton industry. In the first two years of the project funding was allocated 60% to the project. In the third year of the project the Education Officers input increased from 60% to 100% primarily to include a new milestone that involved working with consultant, Mr Gordon Stone (Gordon Stone and Associates Pty Ltd) to establish contacts with the cotton industry agribusiness sector. Mr Stone’s CRDC funded project (GSA1501: Cotton Professional Personnel Program) was to survey agribusiness requirements for workforce development and match suitable students (undergraduates from the Horizon scholarship program, the PICSE Internship program and postgraduates) with agribusiness employers. This new initiative was an extension of the Education Officers role and involved trialing strategies for placements that vary in length and style of employment (short intensive terms, longer casual engagements, etc), and the way the employer contributes to the scheme (in-kind, financial, etc).
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