The Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools program (AGISP)

The Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools program (AGISP) was developed to combat skills shortages across agribusinesses and improve the attraction and retention of a skilled employees to ensure a sustainable workforce into the future. AGISP is funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and administered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

How the program works

The project aims to help young people make a successful transition from school into further education and/or employment in agricultural related industries. The project promotes partnerships between schools, training providers, universities and industry to link young Queenslanders with development and career opportunities.

The program encourages students and school communities to engage in the diverse range of careers across the sector. Programs are designed to use modern agricultural examples and showcase the variety of work available in the sector from on-farm production through to consumer supply chain to build the student’s appreciation of agribusiness.

Participating schools

In 2019, 32 schools around the State will participate in the AGISP and undertake a range of projects that expose students to various aspects of the agricultural supply chain including: cropping, husbandry, data analysis, research, logistics, marketing and business management. Students will gain valuable experience in the industry to enhance and add value to their classroom learnings and equip them with the appropriate knowledge and tools to make informed decisions about their future pathways.

Benefits for schools

Industry-school engagement is shown to have a positive impact on assisting young Queenslanders make successful transitions from school to work or further education. Benefits for schools are:

  • strengthened community and industry linkages
  • support for school linkages to the tertiary sector
  • enhanced VET in Schools opportunities
  • increased access to school-based apprenticeship or traineeship opportunities
  • professional development and up-skilling opportunities for teachers
  • additional resources
  • industry investment through in-kind and/or financial support
  • access to contemporary industry focused facilities and industry experts.

More information

For more information on AGISP, including details on current activities and projects, opportunities for students and teachers or how your school or business can get involved please contact the project coordinator.