Red Meat Profit Partnership teams with Young Farmers

By: Media Release

The Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) has teamed up with New Zealand Young Farmers to promote the value of Education in Agriculture.

This new programme, starting 22 September,offers teachers and students the chance to engage with the Primary Sector to highlight the opportunities within New Zealand’s largest export led industry.

This programme will offer teachers and students the chance to engage with the primary sector to show the vast learning and career opportunities within the industry. Much more than "on-farm" careers this programme encompasses the full value chain – the science, innovation, marketing as well as the global consumer.

New Zealand Young Farmers CEO Terry Copeland says "our future prosperity depends on these value chains being well supplied with our skilled and talented people".

New Zealand Young Farmers is creating an assessment and resource-based programme to engage in an active teaching and learning conversation with schools, teachers, students and their communities. Partnered with CORE Education, the organisation is developing professional and NZQA accredited teaching and learning resources for teachers and students to take up and learn through the context of the Red Meat value chain.

"Having these programmes are crucial to the success of not only the New Zealand agriculture industry, but also the New Zealand economy", says Mr Copeland.

The New Zealand Young Farmers team of seven Field Officers are already engaged with a number of schools and students through the NZYF TeenAg programme.

The organisation plans to have resources for teachers as early as December 2015. The resources will cater for Years 9 and 10 as well as NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. The full set of resources will be phased in over several years and cover a range of curriculum areas based on school and teacher feedback as part of the organic development process.

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