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!
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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...
On September 9th, 10th and 11th 2014, 600 students came to Canada's Outdoor Farm Show to learn about careers and innovations in agriculture. Ontario Agri-Food Education Teacher Ambassadors tours students around the show and introduced them to equipment innovations, livestock production, biotechnology and environmental initiatives. The results are in on the impact of the day! Check them out here.
Working in Agriculture is more than just messy work and physical labour. The agriculture sector requires workers who are educated, skilled and can easily adapt to technology. Enrollment in agriculture related programs has soared in Canada and it is not only “rural farm kids” who are pursuing these programs. Thirty percent of the students in the BA agriculture program at the University of Manitoba are “urban kids” (Country Guide, November 2013). Agriculture is becoming a more attractive field for those entering the job market and two recent articles outline the importance and attraction of working in the agri-food industry.
The article: Ag sector interest sends university enrolment up, published by the Western Producer indicates that enrolment in agricultural programs at post-secondary institutions is on the rise. The article outlines a number of reasons why we are seeing rising enrolments and what this means for our society. It also talks about why students without a farming background are, and should be, enrolling! Read the article at:
Another article published by the CBC titled Young People Drawn to Farming by income, job opportunities and written by Janet Davidson talks about people returning to work farms and the attractions of the industry. The article discusses the changing role of the primary producer and how the growing size of farms is creating a new job description for workers. Read the article at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/young-people-drawn-to-farming-by-income-job-opportunities-1.1668323