Unfortunately we have not been able to secure funding to run Get Ahead Experience Days in 2019. We understand many teachers and students will be disappointed as the days have been hugely successful in the past, providing valuable insights into the many different career options within the primary industries and allowing students to network with industry professionals.
However, New Zealand Young Farmers is fortunate to have a team of Territory Managers who provide support and advice in schools nationwide. Our Territory Managers are happy to visit you at school to help organise guest speakers, events/field trips, discuss our range of Agrication curriculum resources and chat about how to incorporate food production contexts into your teaching programme.
There are many other ways to provide your students with the knowledge and experiences that the Get Ahead days are famous for. We are lucky to be surrounded by industry professionals who are passionate about sharing their stories and advice with future generations to ensure the longevity and quality of our largest export earner. New Zealand Young Farmers have connections with professionals from all sectors, from robotic milking technicians to rural bankers, beekeepers to brewers – we love finding quirky stories and engaging speakers to spark students’ interest in the primary industries.
For students, we also offer the Leadership Pathway Programme to TeenAg members. New Zealand Young Farmers along with the Red Meat Profit Partnership developed the Leadership Pathway Programme to identify emerging leaders, harnessing their current skills and knowledge to ensure that positive, forward thinking leaders are entering and making a difference in the primary industries. The programme consists of a series of online modules. Upon completion, Year 11 and 12 students are then eligible to apply for a fully-funded three-day, two-night leadership course, ‘Raising the Standards’, funded by DairyNZ. You can find more information about both programmes on our website: http://www.teenag.co.nz/development/leadership-pathway-programme/.
For teachers, we offer Teachers’ Day Out – professional development days held in November (6 nationwide). Attending a Teachers’ Day Out gives you the tools to confidently use food production as a context for learning in all subject areas. We also have a range of teaching resources designed by CORE Education and aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum available for you to download here: https://agrication.co.nz/.
To discuss any of the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local Territory Manager. You can find their contact details here: http://www.youngfarmers.co.nz/contact-us/territory-managers/.