BCG promotes agriculture through work experience

Tyrrell College Sea Lake student Will Conlan undertook a week of work experience with BCG during the last week of the school term.

During his week, the year ten student learnt various research monitoring techniques, visited research trial sites and learnt the implications for growers. Will also gained an understanding of the maintenance requirements of research equipment and the wide geographic area in which BCG undertakes research.

Will, who is the son of Danny and Trudy Conlan of Sea Lake, spent a day with BCG Board member, Ian McClelland where he learnt the economic benefits of variable rate technology and the management implications of resistant ryegrass.

“I really enjoyed my time with Ian,” Will said. “I was inspired by what he is achieving on his farm and his historic knowledge. I’m grateful for the time Ian spent with me as well as the time BCG staff took showing me around, I learnt a lot,” Will finished.

BCG CEO Fiona Best said the organisation was pleased Will chose to undertake his work experience at the organisation. “BCG is passionate about promoting agriculture and the opportunities it offers. At BCG students gain a broad understanding of the agriculture industry. Will was able to hear first-hand from growers the current issues and opportunities they are facing, understand how research is undertaken in the laboratory and in-paddock and the importance of community engagement.

“Agriculture offers so many job opportunities and BCG is proud to showcase these to students who may choose a career in the industry and stay or return to the region due to increased awareness of what’s on offer and the positive experiences they have had in agriculture,” Ms Best stated.

Image: Tyrrell College Sea Lake student Will Conlan undertook a week of work experience with BCG. As part of his experience, he visited BCG Board Member Ian McClelland’s farm.

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