Business fills the gap after pastoral college closures
Beef Australia is the place where many business deals are made with a handshake, investor relationships are brokered, and new clientele and customer bases are created.
Among those networking was Vince Carige who is the managing director and founder of Vet Centre QLD, a vocational educational training centre.
Vet Centre QLD has filled the gap of the closures of the agricultural and pastoral colleges which have now closed across the country.
“We do a lot of the short courses that are in agriculture like chainsaw, chemical, biosecurity,” Mr Carige said.
It has a strong focus on workplace health and safety, which Mr Carige said was “virtually non-existent” in the pastoral industry.
“What we are trying to do is get the pastoral industry to where all of the other industries are in Australia, civil, construction, mining, resources,” he said.
“Making them aware of their workplace health and safety compliance that they must keep up with.”
There is a gap particularly in Central Queensland as the Emerald and Longreach colleges closed in 2019.
“We see a massive market right up and down Queensland but we also see in Central Queensland and the Central Highlands there is a big opportunity,” Mr Carige said.
Mr Carige has just returned from Western Australia where he launched the inaugural Aboriginal Pastoral Academy, in partnership with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation and the Kimberley Agricultural and Pastoral Company.
Vet Centre QLD is in the process of setting up a training centre out of Gympie with a goal have satellites up and down the coast.
On the ground at Beef talking to the those in the industry, Mr Carige was looking for partners they can work alongside.
“People who want more staff, those venues that we can open up sites or centres we can work alongside other people,” he said.
“We need our pastoral industry to put their hands in their pockets and pay for some good training, if they want good staff, they have to pay for it.
“We need to get behind places like ours and the training, because we train properly, we aren’t a fly by the night type operation, we have been around forever.
“What we are interested in is training properly, training on job, training on country.”