Industry Engagement Program

School to Industry Partnership Program – SIPP

Delivered since 2004 the School to Industry Partnership Program (SIPP) has successfully been the conduit between Queensland primary producing agribusiness and schools (students and educators),  widely regarded not only as successful but also as a benchmark for school – industry engagement.

The AgForce School to Industry Partnership Program delivers a range of events and programs throughout the year for primary students, secondary students, and teachers. These programs educate students about the origins of their food and fibre, engaging them with a wealth of primary production and agricultural sectors and raise the profile of careers in agribusiness and increase awareness in the variety of career paths on offer. 

Examples of our events

  • MOO BAA MUNCH Held at school farms, this event brings together a wealth of industries with hands on workshops for primary and secondary students.
  • AG CONNECT Held at schools; this event provides schools an opportunity to engage with industry through a range of relevant presentations.
  • INDUSTRY TOURS These day-long events take students around a range of local agricultural industries for a snapshot of the roles within the company and career pathways.
  • FARMER IN THE CLASSROOM Industry current presenters come to your school and give a presentation to your students on agricultural industries, following the paddock to plate process. Suitable for primary and secondary schools.
  • CAREER CONVERSATIONS Secondary students closely interact with agriculture industry professionals in an informal setting, learning about pathways into a career in agriculture.
  • CAREER SNAPSHOTS - Your Agri-Future Industry professionals, in a lecture type presentation provide a day in their life, career pathways and opportunities in their field to secondary school students.
  • CREATIVE AG COMPETITION Adaptable program for primary and secondary students to take on the challenge to creatively represent what farming means to them, their future and the wider community.
  • TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Food, fibre and agricultural educator professional development events, including the Queensland Agricultural Educators Conference and industry tours.
  • RURAL DAYS/EXPOS/CAREER EXPOS Our staff are flexible and able to present at a range of rural days, shows, and career expos across Queensland throughout the year.
  • AG INSPIRATIONS Secondary students apply to undertake a three-day intensive tour of agribusinesses in their region. Career pathways, industry roles and possible work experience are investigated.

The program is currently funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and supported by AgForce Queensland.

Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) funds the Gateway to Industry Schools project across 6 industry sectors including agriculture.

The project promotes partnerships between schools, training providers, universities and industry to link young Queenslanders with development and career opportunities.

AgForce SIPP works with DAF to deliver professionally organised industry engagement activities and opportunities to schools within the program and surrounding areas.

Educating Kids about Agriculture: Kids to Farms

SIPP continues the Educating Kids about Agriculture: Kids to Farms project with the aim of increasing children’s understanding of where and how their food and fibre is produced and the role and importance of agriculture to Australia’s way of life, regional communities and the economy. 

The project takes primary school students to farms and agricultural supply chains to have them interact with farmers, agribusinesses, agronomists, rural agricultural suppliers, livestock agents, processing facilities. Host food and fibre ‘mini classrooms’ at major events. Provide satellite and virtual technology and other ‘in-class’ experiences and review, refresh, or develop resources about food, fibre and the value of agriculture for use in primary school classrooms.

Express your interest in Kids to Farms.