Exciting careers in the food and fibre sector are being served up to a city-based audience at the Regional Victoria Living Expo to be held in Melbourne this weekend.
Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said the expo was about enticing city people to move to the country by promoting what country Victorians already know: regional Victoria is a great place to raise a family and grow a rewarding career.
“The Victorian Coalition Government encourages more young people to consider a career in the industry that feeds, clothes and houses us all,” Mr Walsh said.
“There is a great range of career opportunities available in the food and fibre sector and there has never been a better time to enter the industry.
“Last financial year Victoria saw record export figures of $8.07 billion and with global food demand tipped to be 70 per cent higher by 2050, the future of the sector is bright.”
Mr Walsh said the increasing complexities of business and technology meant the range of career opportunities in food and fibre production had broadened and now included roles in information and mobile technologies, engineering, business services and a range of specialist roles.
“The industry is now much broader than just farming and there are many highly skilled service industries that support producers in what is now a sophisticated business,” Mr Walsh said.
“Promoting the industry in this way is very important as we strive to meet the demands of a global business.
“The expo provides a great opportunity to showcase the food and fibre industry, while highlighting the positive leisure and lifestyle associated with regional areas,” Mr Walsh said.
Those wanting to discover some of the opportunities available in regional Victoria’s most vibrant industry can attend the Regional Victoria Living Expo from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Entry is free and more information is available at www.rdv.vic.gov.au/expo
Visit the DPI website at www.dpi.vic.gov.au/grow to view stories of young people who have followed a range of pathways to their exciting food and fibre career.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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