Teneisha Butler and Josh Cleary can see their rural careers on the horzion, thanks to learning the ropes for living on the land through their TAFE at School course.

You don't need to grow up on a farm to start a career on the land and even if you did, then there is still lots to learn. 

Rural students Teneisha Butler and Josh Cleary are part way through their Certificate II in Rural Operations (AHC21216). This is one of the qualifications offered through TAFE at School, which enables students to complete a TAFE Queensland qualification while still at school.

The rural operations course is a great stepping stone for students to learn practical and hands-on skills. Students even visit cattle properties and dairy farms as part of their study.

"Some of the practical skills we have learnt have been fencing, mechanical work on tractors, slashing, water supply, and my favourite the quad bikes," Teneisha said.

"I love hard work and I want to experience everything that comes with rural work." 

Meanwhile Josh chose this course to extend his knowledge of farming and boost his opportunities for the future.

"To have this opportunity while at school is great and TAFE Queensland is a well-known organisation that has given me direction for my future," said Josh.

Both Josh and Teneisha have learnt a great deal more about the agriculture industry than they expected, especially where safety is concerned.

"The teaching staff have been a good at explaining things when needed and teach you in a safe manner," said Josh.

TAFE Queensland teacher Wayne Josey, who's been in the rural industry for 30 years,  also values the importance of embedding safety in everything they do.

"It is important that students learn how to use equipment and stock in a safe and correct manner according to the industry."

If you are thinking of studying with TAFE Queensland Teneisha has one piece of advice.

"Go for it, this course has definitely helped me."


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