Did you know that 1 in 8 Canadian jobs are in the agriculture and agri-food sector? That’s over 50,000 jobs in Saskatchewan, in from engineering, research and processing to sales, finance and everything in between! And as the world population continues to grow, the demand for skilled people to work in agriculture will grow as well.
The new thinkAG Career and Education Expo at Canadian Western Agribition will allow students to explore the endless career and entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture, learn about modern food production and discover the diversity of agriculture-related post-secondary options.
Classes of grades 9 through 12 students are invited to participate in the Expo through registration in a half-day workshop. During the workshop, small groups of students will rotate through interactive stations, profiling various agricultural career paths such as agronomy, animal science, agricultural trades and technology, food development, agribusiness, and research and innovation. At each station, students will learn firsthand from somebody working in that specific field, plus participate in a hands-on activity to truly "experience" what the job entails. The workshops will also feature an introduction to agriculture and a spotlight on agriculture-related post-secondary programs.
The Expo will showcase careers from the farm gate to the food plate, while providing teachers with an exciting way to meet curriculum objectives. Specifically, the Expo addresses the career exploration objectives laid out in the new Saskatchewan Environmental Science 20 curriculum, which states, “Analyze and explore environmental science related career paths in Saskatchewan, Canada and the world.” There are also linkages with the Science 10 and Career and Work Exploration 10, 20, A30, B30 curriculums. To enhance the educational experience, teachers are encouraged to spend time with their students exploring Agribition – there is so much to see and do!
For more information, contact Krystal Aulie at thinkAG@gov.sk.ca or 306-798-0947.