GRAIN Producers Australia (GPA) has announced a new initiative aimed at increasing farm safety education with practical knowledge and awareness among school students.
With support from the Federal Government the GPA Training online platform will be used to deliver the GPA Agricultural Safety Training project, which will see about 200 school students in South Australia gain access to a range of courses on agricultural safety.
GPA chief executive Colin Bettles said farm safety was a high priority for GPA members, and it was great to see education opportunities being offered via digital programs.
“No matter what role you play on the farm, the importance of farm safety can never be underestimated or taken for granted,” Mr Bettles said.
“This project with school students adds to the work we’re already doing for growers to collaborate across the industry and lift safety standards,” GPA southern director and SA farmer Mark Schilling said.
“We’re doing this with online grain delivery site inductions and other courses, including stewardship training, so growers can access the right information on the correct application of pesticides, to ensure they’re safe and effective.
“This supports GPA’s strategic objectives to deliver initiatives in pursuit of zero harm on-farm and in the off-farm supply chain and surrounding communities. We’ll continue delivering new courses online via GPA Training to ensure we’re continually lifting the bar, to improve safety outcomes.”
The Port Pirie Industry Training Hub, covering the Barossa, Yorke and Mid North regions, is funding the roll-out of GPA Training’s virtual training platform to a range of senior secondary agriculture students.
Students who want to work in the grains and farming sector, guided by their teacher, will become familiar with key farm safety practices.
Industry Training Hubs are an initiative of the Australian Government and aim to improve opportunities for young people in regions with high youth unemployment, and target Year 11 and 12 students.