The primary industries are a vibrant part of the New Zealand
economy and offer many varied opportunities to young New
Zealanders. The sector is growing in size and complexity with
huge demand for talented young people both on and off the farm.
The diversity of careers in our primary industries is huge. Today it
encompasses not only farming and fishing, but also marketing,
engineering, finance, irrigation, remote sensing, genetics, trade
negotiation and nutrition. Farming as we know it is constantly changing
and is looking for a new generation of business nous, financial literacy
and interpersonal skills. It is a huge, complex business that requires
people with excellent financial literacy and interpersonal skills.
To help with this massive change, Young Enterprise offers the EPIC
Challenge with support from DairyNZ and the Ministry of Primary
Industries. The cross-curricular programme aims to raise awareness
of the primary industries with Year 10 students, in a fun and creative
way. The challenge is simple; students research career options in one
of New Zealand’s primary industries and plan a marketing campaign
that promotes a job in this industry to their target market.
This year we are having a very special awards ceremony; the two
top teams and their teachers will be flown to Wellington. There, the
overall winner will be announced at an awards celebration, with the
winning students receiving a trophy and $1,500 prize money.
Don’t forget to get your EPIC entries in before Round 2 closes on
Monday 23rd November. Talk to us today if you’re interested in
running the programme in your classroom in 2016.