The Horticulture sector is a large, developed and diverse industry which employs a wide range of skilled people. While much of the media attention is focused on harvest labour within the sector, it is often forgotten that the industry requires a range of diverse skillsets to manage and operate their farm business. The horticulture industry has many opportunities for workers to upskill and access on the job training to further their career in horticulture. While there are many harvesting opportunities on the Harvest Trail, there is also a range of other essential roles to be found on-farm and production line.
To gain an understanding of these opportunities, AUSVEG has created several deep dive videos that look into some of the obscure but vital roles in the industry. These videos show the daily tasks, responsibilities, and pathways of current employees on Australian farms.
Many of these roles are in high demand in the horticulture sector. Recently, the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs approved 31 horticulture industry occupations supporting growers to sponsor workers from overseas to fill these critical occupations. Under the Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement (HILA), producers are able to access the skilled and semi-skilled workers they need to manage their farm business.
However, the general preference of growers is to always employ locals first where possible, if they have the right skills and attitude. These videos aim to showcase the many varied career opportunities for local and overseas workers in the exciting $15 billion industry.
Majority of the employees we interviewed for these videos did not intend on a career in horticulture but discovered a passion for it after working on the farm. They have each come from various backgrounds and landed in horticulture through different avenues. Many have been able to transfer key skills from seemingly unrelated courses and past careers to start successful careers in horticulture. They each explain the dedicated-on job training opportunities which have allowed them to gain more skills and discover a career they are passionate about in horticulture.
A career in horticulture is a satisfying career that creates opportunities for upward growth. Putting food on the table for millions of families in Australia and abroad makes it a worthwhile and fulfilling career.