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What is SIPP?

School to Industry Partnership Program (SIPP)


The Queensland School to Industry Partnership Program (SIPP) is an AgForce Queensland initiative currently run by AgForce and supported by the Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFFQ) and the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE). The Program began with Federal funding in 2004 through the Department of Education, Science and Training where a rural and related industry School to Industry Liaison Officer was based in industry in each State.

SIPP has continued in Queensland through support from DAFFQ, DETE and AgForce and is now in its 10th year. Its primary aims are to:

• Promote rural and related industries as an exciting, vibrant and desirable career.
• Increase the number of people entering rural careers or undertaking higher education or training in agriculture.
• Increase public understanding and appreciation of agriculture and related industries, particularly in young people with particular focus on school students.
• Increase industry engagement with schools and associated linkages and program development.

Strategies to achieve these goals are separated into three key areas: industry engagement, school engagement, and communications and marketing.

What do they need to know?

  • Where does food come from?
  • How does it grow?
  • Where does fibre come from?
  • How is it grown?

How does SIPP assist with teaching students about food and fibre?

  • Through classroom talks
  • With stories and props such as grains and fleece
  • Through support with school gardens where students can learn about growing fruit and vegetables
  • Through visits to school farms where students can participate in hands-on activities
  • At rural and country shows
  • Rural Discovery Day at the Ekka
  • Moo Baa Munch
  • Rural Volunteers – Farmer in the Classroom
  • Land management field trips

What do they need to know?

  • Career opportunities
  • Further study options available
  • What industry is looking for
  • What other resources are available

How does SIPP assist with teaching students about further study and career opportunities?

  • Through classroom talks
  • By breaking the industry in to animals, plants and science
  • Through rural industry days
  • On local industry days
  • In collaboration with other peak bodies
  • At Moo Baa Munch
  • Through supporting events
  • And competitions
  • At a wide range of career expos
  • With career booklets
  • Through social media, such as Facebook and Twitter