to gain new agricultural skills, education and experience.
The present training program consists of a range of short courses which involve practical
training, delivered on rural properties throughout the Hay district. The training and assessment is
delivered by qualified trainers and subject matter experts who have extensive practical
experience in primary production.
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Hands on training modules.
The courses provide hands on training modules that cover all the necessary skills of stockmanship in both sheep and cattle and farming skills. We provide a base line education / experience for young people to use as a spring board to a rural career.
Our aim is to introduce young men and women into the rural workforce with a short course/ experience in rural education conducted in the Hay area.
How Hay Inc. Started.
With the markedly reduced number of young people entering and staying in agriculture, not to
mention the dwindling number of properties training jackaroos/jillaroos throughout eastern
Australia, a group of concerned “bushies” around Hay have made a move to counteract this
They recognise the younger generation now have limited opportunities (and properties) to gain the basic hands-on training and bush skills to make them employable.
In Hay NSW, we “built” a school using the knowledge and experience of local landholders and business folk who volunteered their time to teach young people how to be jackaroos and jillaroos. Here’s how we did it. You can do it, too.
Luke HullHay Inc. participant
“By participating in this course, I have gained essential skills and knowledge that I have been able to bring back and implement in my own workplace in day-to-day operations and management decisions. This course also gave me the opportunity to network with professionals within the Agriculture industry, local farmers and young like-minded people in my district, enabling me to begin building the foundations of relationships that I will retain throughout my career. I recommend this course to not only people already working in the industry, but also those that would like to pursue a career in Agriculture. Information in the course was relevant and up to date, as the instructors are people who have worked in the industry for many years, and are well respected in their chosen fields.”
James LinesHay Inc. participant
“The Hay Inc Rural education training program enabled me to learn new skills, better my existing skill set, gain confidence in myself and network with other young people from across Australia. The trainer’s experience and knowledge was invaluable and the nature of the course enabled me to contact and form professional networks with all of the committee members, volunteers and various people involved with the course. I would highly recommend this course to young people interested or currently in agriculture whom are looking for a practical and diverse training program to further their skills.”
“Hay Inc is a unique program that gives first hand exposure to the participants as they learn about the practical operation of large scale grazing enterprises. Participants gain a lot and mentors and trainers gain from the experience in equal measure. I encourage all those who aspire to engage in the industry to take a place in the Hay Inc program. The program caters for those with nil experience on the realm of agriculture through to those who wish to brush up on their skill set. Well done to Hay Inc on a first class program.”
Colin and Amanda McCrabbEmployer
“We have had four employees enroll in Hay Inc in recent years. They were from varied backgrounds, some with years of farm living and others with little rural experience. The program has given them all a solid, practical foundation in station work. They have always returned from Hay Inc intensive sessions with much improved confidence to apply their new knowledge, whilst building their skills at work on our farms.
We believe that Hay Inc provides an essential service and unique opportunity to young people seeking an agricultural career, especially in the pastoral sector. It enables the students to build valuable connections and learn from mentors who are all industry-leading professionals with exceptional skills and knowledge.
It has been a pleasure to watch the growth in our employees, and we are keen to continue our involvement with Hay Inc.”
Molly ThompsonHay Inc. participant
“Hay Inc is absolutely incredible. It brings so many people together, the community and networking involved with it. You make mates for a lifetime.
The community involvement of the farmers and trainers giving up their time with enthusiasm to teach young people in the industry is unprecedented.
The diversity of students coming from all over Australia helped me to build an extensive network and strong friendships with young people in the industry, along with this, building relationships with the farming legends from the Western Riverina provided mentors for me.”