Christina Fawcett, front centre, with the Agriventures students on a visit to Foodstuffs South Island Distribution Centre

Scholars give students Agriventures

by Mike Isle

Lincoln University has hosted a three-day secondary school student Agriventures event to explore the extensive range of career opportunities available in the primary sector.

The event was organised by a team of Lincoln Future Leader Scholars led by Christina Fawcett.

As a component of the scholarship, the Lincoln students are required to initiate an event or opportunity that benefits Lincoln University or the wider community.

Christina said the primary purpose of Agriventures was to open secondary school student’s eyes towards the many and varied career opportunities that lead from Lincoln University degrees that they may not even realise exist, whether they are from an agricultural background or not.

“We are aiming to change perceptions by showcasing that agriculture is not solely linked with farming, but there are so many other career paths within the agri-food and agribusiness industries.”

Twelve, year 11 and 12 high school students from across the South Island had the chance to experience university life at Lincoln by staying on campus as well as exploring career opportunities first-hand through visiting industry leaders such as FMG, Synlait, Three Boys Brewery, Barry’s Bay Cheese, Farmlands Co-operative and Foodstuffs SI.

She said Agriventures had great support from FMG.

“They fully sponsored the programme so that there was no cost for the students to be able to attend. Not only this, they provided an interactive and stimulating workshop for the students and a bag full of treats and merchandise.”