From Peter Bush of the Food Technology Association of Australia (FTAA)
Food Science and Technology Education Forum
SUMMARY OF OUTCOMES
The FST Education Forum was held at CSIRO, FNS, Werribee on the 24th November 2009. It was attended by 46 delegates who represented Universities offering FST, TAFEs offering FST, Regional Development Victoria, representatives of the food industry and associations plus organisations providing science education in secondary schools. The morning offered a series of short presentations on various aspects of the situation facing the availability of work ready FST Graduates in Australia.
The delegates split into three working groups for the afternoon session to discuss issues in detail, to appoint task force working committees and to establish areas requiring further action. These working groups will feed back to “FST Education Forum II” scheduled for 16th March 2010. Task force details are as follows : -
SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION WORKING GROUP. This group will investigate pilot extension programmes to the PICSE initiative – agri-science projects into schools , initiate dialogue with CSIRO Education with a view to participation in the “Scientists in Schools” and thus introducing real Food Science in schools, and to lobby to change “Food Science and Technology “ subjects at Secondary level to “Food Studies” nationally. The co-ordinator for this group is Michael Black (email firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel 0411 298 011).
TERTIARY EDUCATION WORKING GROUP. This group plans to form a University Co-operative working group. They will prepare a FST graduate Skill Statement promoting FST graduates to industry, will improve communication to industry and associations and will be investigating joint University – Industry initiatives. The co-ordinator for this group is Lloyd Simons (email email@example.com, Tel 03 9731 3311).
FOOD INDUSTRY WORKING GROUP This group will establish what Graduate FST Skills are required by industry at present and in the future, by company size and geographical location. They will investigate other industries having similar issues and will establish needs for skilled FST researchers and industry collaborative research. The co-ordinator for this group is Peter Bush (email firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel 041 958 6723).
Should you feel you are able to assist with the investigations outlined above then please contact the co-ordinator of the specific group.