Rural Skills Australia

Board of Rural Skills AustraliaRural Skills Australia provides advice and assistance on rural and related skills and training to the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and its affiliated membership, Australian Apprenticeship Centres, Job Services Australia members, registered training organisations (RTOs) and Group Training Organisations.

Since its inception in 1995, the organisation has worked in conjunction with the NFF and its member bodies to foster improved rural involvement in education and training, with a view to enhancing the skills and capacities of new entrants, existing workers and primary producers alike.

We have contributed significantly to increasing the number of rural and related traineeship and apprenticeship commencements each year, with a view to combating an ageing rural workforce and shrinking rural communities, and to equip the next generation of rural workers with transferable, recognised and valued skills.

RSA is a not-for-profit organisation, helping to increase the skills base of rural industries, particularly agriculture, horticulture and veterinary nursing.  We actively promote Australian Apprenticeships into these industries.

Our management committee has representatives from the NFF, the Australian Workers’ Union and various farm commodity groups. We work together in the development of education and training for the industry throughout rural and regional Australia.

We know that employing Australian Apprentices helps keep rural communities buoyant and sustainable.  Farmers, growers, graziers and horticulturists can improve efficiency, productivity – and profits – by employing an Australian Apprentice and expanding the skills base of their industry.

Australian Apprenticeships in general agriculture and horticulture are the most popular in rural industries. However, more specialised training may be available for:

Beef cattle, cotton production, goat production, turf management, grain production, milk harvesting, pig production, parks and gardens, rural merchandising, sheep and wool, sugar cane production, arboriculture, poultry production, horse breeding, dairy, nursery, floriculture, landscape, production horticulture, veterinary nursing.