Education Pathways

School Resources

Provided by our industry collaborators, a library of resources is ready to use in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) classes and for student career pathway inspiration.

Guides and lessons to explore career opportunities, industry technologies, and a fun curriculum for students from Foundation to Year 12.

AMPC Meat Your Future Careers Kit

This kit details pathways into the meat processing industry, career opportunities, case studies, FAQs and many more great resources.

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Career Opportunities for School leavers

Are you interested in creating a future for yourself in Queensland Beef Processing? There are more opportunities for school leavers than you might think.

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Curriculum Aligned Teaching Resources Pack

Meat & Livestock Australia and Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia have created curriculum aligned resources including fun practical activities and games great for students from Foundation to Year 12.

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2023 school leavers’ guide to jobs and training

This guide created by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training is designed to provide you with a one-stop point of reference for contemporary career resources and information to your next big step, beyond the school gates!

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Agricultural Robotics Study Guide

An Australian curriculum teacher resource guide for students in Years 7 to 10 designed to engage them in using the Digital Farmhand robot.

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Agriculture Lessons - Australian Meat Processing

Great resources for students Years 9 and 10 by Primezone exploring how Australian meat processing plants are using hi-tech robotics and automated systems.

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Agriculture Lessons - Meat Matters!

Insightful resources by Primezone to help students in Years 7 and 8 discover sustainable resource management practices used by the Australian red meat processing industry.

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Agriculture Lessons - Where might a Career in Red Meat Processing Take You?

Lesson resources provided by Primezone that explore the ‘paddock to plate’ pathways that are available for the students in Years 9 and 10 .

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Australian Meat Processing: Networked, Ethical, Sustainable and Intelligent

Great for Year 9 and 10 students, this AMPC guide is to help teachers and students in secondary schools investigate and understand more about the Australian red meat processing industry.

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Career pathways by Rural Careers Australia

Explore the wide range of inspirational career resources to share with students, curated by Rural Careers Australia.

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Careers in the Australian Meat Industry

Learn what types of jobs you can do in the meat industry. A great one page reference created by MINTRAC.

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Employer Guide

The Advanced Manufacturing Gateway to Industry Schools Program Employer Guide is a great resource available to assist employers with the tools needed to host and supervise students undertaking work placement.

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Meat Matters - We All Have a Steak in this!

This guide by AMPC is designed for Year 7 and 8 students. It focuses on the systems and technologies used by meat processors with a specific emphasis on how they use best practice environmental management in the processing plants.

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Meat. Your Career.

A great poster created by AMPC to help students explore the broad range of jobs in the meat industry.

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More to Meat than meets the eye

More to Meat is a great campaign showcasing the good work the red meat processing industry does for people, their communities, and the country.

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Pathways to Meat Processing

A great poster by AMPC showing the number of career pathway opportunities in the meat processing industry.

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Red meat green facts

The resources provide information about sustainability, animal welfare, nutrition and carbon neutral targets to showcase to students the positive impacts of the industry and to debunk myths about the environmental impacts of meat production in Australia.

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The AMP Australian Meat Processing Training Package

The AMP Australian Meat Processing Training Package covers meat industry qualifications from entry level (Certificate II) through to Graduate Diplomas. Job opportunities include labourers, food services workers, small-goods operators, wild game harvesters, slaughterers, boners, butchers, meat inspectors, QA officers, supervisors and managers.

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Where might a career in red meat processing take you?

Designed by AMPC to help teachers and students in Years 9 and 10 investigate and understand the career pathways available in the meat processing industry.

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Videos that showcase career opportunities and insightful industry facts.

How you can work in IT within the beef industry

JBS walk you through the job opportunities available in the technology and support services space within the beef processing industry.

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People of Teys

At Teys, we recognise that the long-term success of our company is determined by the people who work in our business across all levels.

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Virtual Reality Experience for Students

Students from Bray Park State School were one of the first to experience the virtual reality headsets.

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Rethinking Methane

Biogenic Methane – the kind of methane from cattle and wetlands –  is unique among the main three greenhouse gases that influence climate change. This video explains why we should be rethinking how we measure biogenic methane’s impact on the environment. 

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Melinee Leather

Central Queensland beef producer Melinee Leather is an industry leader and sustainability advocate. Producing organic and humane certified beef, Melinee and her husband Robert are passionate about animal wellbeing and natural grass fed beef.

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The Coffey family

First generation farmers Adam and Jacynta Coffey are firm in the belief that environmental responsibility goes hand in hand with productivity. They know that if the land, the soil, the pastures and the cattle are thriving, then the environment and the bottom line will both be in great shape.

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Darren Hamblin, Strathdale Wagyus

Darren Hamblin loves what he does. He knows that cattle producers in Australia have a bigger part to play in the climate change solution than most people realise.

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Barb Madden, Smithfield Cattle Company

For Barb Madden, the wellbeing of the cattle in their care at Smithfield Cattle Company is as important as the wellbeing of her family.

Ensuring the cattle are healthy and free from distress, have a clean, calm and sheltered environment with plenty of good feed; and the company of their mates is of paramount importance to Barb and all of the staff at Smithfield.

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How can livestock be a part of the climate solution - the natural carbon cycle explained

It's important to understand how livestock can be a part of the climate solution. The animation from Meat & Livestock Australia shows how through the natural carbon cycle, livestock can be a part of the climate solution.

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NH Foods Australia - Thomas Borthwick and Sons - Mackay

We could tell you all the great things about working in Mackay, but maybe it's best to just show you.

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Graduate Program - Kilcoy Global Foods Australia

Are you passionate about Australian produce and providing quality food solutions to consumers around the world? Are you looking for a fun and supportive work environment? Are you ready to hit the ground running and spend two years getting a range of experiences across the business?

Your future in food starts here.

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Case Study: Ade Ariantika

While at university, Ade completed a company based project at Oakey Beef Exports. This led to a career in the beef industry and being a Project Manager at Oakey Beef Exports Pty Ltd. Learn about her experience and the pathway she took at Oakey Beef Exports.

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Queensland Beef – World-class quality for global markets

Queensland Beef is big business. The size and diversity of our beef industry, combined with our high standards in biosecurity, food safety, animal welfare and environmental management perfectly positions us to deliver world-class quality for global markets.

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Operational job opportunities in beef processing

JBS explain the array of job opportunities available in operations when working in the beef processing industry.

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Australian Beef Paddock to Plate

The Australian Beef Paddock to Plate experience shares the story of Australian red meat production in an immersive 360-degree virtual reality. Take a journey from the farm right through to the restaurant, learning how Australia produces the greatest beef in the world.

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State and national reports and strategies showing industry success and future developments.

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Australian Meat Industry Council 2020-2021 Report

Annual report developed by the Australian Meat Industry Council.

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Queensland Beef Processing Strategy

This strategy has been developed to support and grow the Queensland beef processing industry.

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Australian Beef Sustainability Framework Annual Update 2022

This Annual Update reports the Australian beef industry’s sustainability progress with its commitment to a transparent, sustainable pathways of best practice.

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Examples of work placement and graduate program opportunities offered by Queensland beef processors.

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NH Foods Employment Programs

We are NH Foods, a global company with a global purpose – to deliver the joy of eating. An Australian base with global reach, we lead the way with the production of our premium beef range. Join us at one of our two beef processing facilities located in Oakey and Mackay and help us deliver the joy of eating to millions across the world. We’ll empower you to take on the most challenging, inspiring and rewarding work of your life. So talk with us now about our School Leavers program, Apprenticeships & Traineeships, and Graduate Opportunities. Intakes happen throughout the year.

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JBS School Leavers Program

JBS offers a unique career pathway program for students wanting direct entry into the workforce. The School Leaver Program provides a nationally recognised qualification with a Certificate III Food Services, and the offer of full-time ongoing employment following the program.

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Structured Learning Workplace Program

Developed by the Advanced Manufacturing Gateway to Industry Schools Program, this program prepares students for entering a manufacturing and engineering workplace and is suitable for students from second semester Year 10 to the end of Year 12.

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Teys Talent Programs

Teys Australia offer a range of opportunities through apprenticeships, traineeships, school based programs and graduate programs.

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Kilcoy Future Leaders Program

Kilcoy Global Foods offer a two year rotation program that gives participants an opportunity to experience all aspects of the beef production industry.

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JBS Graduate Engineer Program

The JBS Graduate Engineer Program is designed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to successfully run the engineering operations of a small processing plant.

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Training and skill development opportunities available in the Queensland beef processing industry.

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Meat Industry Essentials

This library of videos by AMPC are introductory in nature, designed for use as a training resource for new and existing staff. Ideal for students about to undertake work experience, training or their new job.

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Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness

Learn more about the first professional, postgraduate qualification in leadership and international business skills for the meat processing sector.

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National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council Limited (MINTRAC) Training Materials

MINTRAC provides a range of training materials including books, guides, manuals, DVD, kits and online courses in a number of career areas within the beef processing industry.

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Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) Educational Resources

AMPC’s catalogue of training videos, webinars, best practice articles, tools and other modules are designed to advance the skills of beginner, intermediate and professional meat processors.

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User Choice Program

The User Choice Program provides funding contributions towards the cost of training and assessment. These services are available for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. Learn what current qualifications and subsidies are available under the User Choice Program, including details of apprenticeships and traineeships for the meat processing industry.

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Management, Mentoring and Leadership Courses

Professional development and skill pathways for management has been identified by the beef processing industry as important for career progression and improving business operations. The Queensland Government has published online information focusing on management, mentoring and leadership courses.

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Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school Certificate 3 Qualification. The program also supports school students to access training and Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing free training in high priority qualifications.

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VET in Schools (VETiS)

The beef processing industry is supported with recruitment and retention of skilled staff through representation in the Meat Processing Skills and Training Industry Reference Group. This provides the ability for industry to inform and align Queensland Government training and skills priorities and initiatives in relation to vocational education and training (VET) and VET pathways.

Some students undertake nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications while they are still at school.

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TAFE and Certifications Pathways

TAFE courses and certifications are a great way to start or further your career. TAFE is vocational learning and focuses on a hands-on approach to teaching; TAFE offers in-person courses at several locations throughout Queensland and online.

Certificate Pathways

From 1 January – 31 December 2023, eligible Queenslanders will be able to undertake Fee Free TAFE at TAFE Queensland and CQUniversity only. The list of courses funded includes courses relevant to the Queensland Beef industry: ‘Certificate IV in Leadership and Management’, ‘Certificate III in Food Processing’, ‘Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety)’, ‘Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance)’ and ‘Animal Welfare Officer Skill Set’.

University Pathways

If you want to take the next step in your career, explore the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate
courses available to further your learning within the beef processing industry.

Career opportunities for Graduates

Are you a recent Graduate or preparing for your career after university?

Work placement and graduate programs are a valuable stepping stone to understanding the career pathway opportunities available in the beef processing industry.

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