Hannah Thomas is proof that a middle school field trip can change a life. When she was in seventh grade (now she is a high school senior), her Alexandria, Virginia, class visited nearby Chesapeake Bay. Hannah fell in love with its beauty and its role in the ecosystem.
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AgScape to Lead Career Competition for Students at Canada's Outdoor Farm Show
The agriculture industry is big business - in fact it's one of the industries that comprise the backbone of Canada's economy - and many studies have shown that the ag-sector is experiencing a labour shortage that is only expected to worsen in the next few years. So what does that mean for the average Ontario high-school student? Simply put: opportunity!
On Wednesday, March 23, Food and Beverage Ontario launched an exciting new campaign – Taste Your Future – which is designed to raise awareness of the abundance of jobs in Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector.
Research conducted by Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO) shows that while awareness of the opportunities in the industry is low, Ontarians – particularly young people, their parents and newcomers – have an appetite to learn more.
Taste Your Future will feed that hunger. The hub of the program is www.tasteyourfuture.ca - a home for stories, videos and more. Check out the short, 10 question quiz designed to help those less familiar with the industry match their interests with great career and education opportunities. Learn more at the site and join the conversation on Twitter @tasteyourfuture and Facebook/Taste Your Future.
Developed and managed by FBO, the program is part of the industry’s efforts to create 60,000 new jobs in the sector by 2020. It is supported by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
As the Honourable Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in today’s launch news release, “Ontario is the ideal place for the industry to grow and thrive, with a robust population, colleges and universities training the future workforce, access to local and export markets and an entrepreneurial culture.”
Conservative MPP, Lisa Thompson, representing the Huron-Bruce electorate, is lobbying for high school students to learn more about careers in the agri-food industry.
Thompson has introduced a private members' motion requesting that an agri-food component, focused on career opportunities, be added to the Grade 9 and 10 Ontario curriculum. Learn more...