AgLads was developed to address our region’s growing trade and agricultural skills shortages in response to the interest shown by producers at Agricultural Shows where the Paws Up Team performed and at the Guyra saleyards where they helped out. Producers were impressed by the skill and connection demonstrated between handler and dog and suggested that their skills could be developed further.
AgLads has since developed as an innovative industry led program focussed on creating employment opportunities for youth in rural communities.
It provides training, work experience and progression to paid work crews. Teams of AgLads are completing on the job training on local properties under the guidance of industry mentors and are attaining certificates in Rural Operations through a flexible training partnership with Tocal College at Patterson.
The demand for work ready crews continues to grow as many producers see value in both the productivity and social outcomes being achieved.