The State Government and iconic boot brand Blundstone will help aspiring locals sow the seeds of their future agricultural careers through $120,000 of jointly-funded scholarships.
Applications opened on Wednesday, 22 November for the 2018 Blundstone scholarships which will support University of Tasmania University College students commencing the first year of an Associate Degree in Agribusiness in Term 1.
Both parties have contributed $60,000 each to cover the travel costs of up to 30 students as they attend workshops and industry placements that form part of the course.
Principal of the University College Professor Janelle Allison welcomed today’s launch.
“Continued support from the State Government and Blundstone is an affirmation of how our associate degrees will help shape Tasmania’s industries,” Professor Allison said.
“As the agricultural sector continues to evolve, it will increasingly require skilled workers to meet ongoing innovation, advances in technology and workplace change.
“Upon completion of an Associate Degree in Agribusiness, our students will be job-ready graduates with a suite of skills to help grow this industry into the future.
“As an institution driving an ambitious transformation vision for Tasmania, this support from our State Government and Blundstone partners goes a long way in helping foster positive change in educational attainment, and we thank them immensely.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said it was initiatives such as this that helped more Tasmanians reach their full potential through education.
“Earlier this year we announced $300,000 over two years to develop a clear primary industries career pathway, working with schools, education training providers, the University of Tasmania and agri-business, and these scholarships extend this further through to secondary education,” Minister Rockliff said.
Blundstone CEO Steve Gunn said the launch expanded on the company’s existing three-year undergraduate University of Tasmania farming scholarships.
“At Blundstone we know firsthand the need to continue to innovate in traditional industries, ensuring that the youth of today are as prepared as possible for their future careers is something we strongly believe is worth investing in,” Mr Gunn said.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants will need to demonstrate they were educated in the Tasmanian state school system.
Preference will be given to North and North-West students, while selection will be based on financial need and the quality of each written application.
Applications for the Blundstone scholarships close on 31 January 2018:
Pictured: Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff with a 2017 Blundstone Scholarship recipient, Taylor Franklin-Smith, at the official launch.