Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) is about to launch one of three pilot projects to “engAGe” youth in three cities across the country. Through its thinkAG initiative, AITC-C staff and volunteers will be visiting high schools in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal this fall and winter to promote careers within Canada’s agri-food sector.
“Although agriculture accounts for one out of every eight jobs in Canada, and people have very positive opinions about the sector overall, a recent study found that only thirty-two percent of people would make a point of recommending a career in the field,” according to Johanne Ross, executive director of AITC-C.
It’s expected more than 1,500 urban high school students and their teachers will be reached during the three-part campaign.
“As one of the most significant industries to Canada’s economy, agriculture has some work to do to ensure that youth understand the many career opportunities available to them,” Ross added. “They will hear from passionate people working in this sector who want to ensure youth are aware that whether they want to work as an economist, lawyer, mechanic, doctor or graphic designer, there is a place for them in agriculture.”
According to a news release, there will be participation from AITC-C’s provincial member organizations, and the three engAGe events will show students that opportunities in agriculture extend well beyond farming and into the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, business and much more. To learn more, click here.