Rural Skills Training Program

Picture of Entally Estate vineyard

Real World Agri-business Training

Youth Futures' Rural Skills Training Program develops industry relevant agri-business skills and experience. The training involves lots of 'hands on' practical experience and takes place on numerous working locations around Northern Tasmania; primarily Entally Estate Vineyard and grounds. The Youth Futures Rural Skills program also has significant contacts in the agri-business industry and opportunites for casual, seasonal and long term employment so occur.

Entally Estate is a historic homestead, outbuilding, garden and grounds near Hadspen (Northern Tasmania), 15 minutes drive from Launceston. The homestead was built in 1819 by Thomas Haydock Reibey (eldest son of Mary Reibey - featured on the Australian $20 note). The Estate consists of Entally House and historic buildings including Australia's oldest Conservatory, Chapel, Stables, Carriage House and Farmyard. The property is owned by the Tasmanian State Government and currently managed by Parks and Wildlife Tasmania.

Operational Vineyard
In 2004, the previous property manager - Gunns Ltd - planted out 3 hectares of the grounds in Pinot Noir wine grape vines. As of 2010 this vineyard has being managed by Youth Futures. Most of the labour for the vineyard is provided during training programs and by volunteers (mostly staff and clients of Youth Futures). Machinery and tools have been purchased using a combination of State and Federal funding, community funding, the modest proceeds of the sale of grapes and the generous support of business.

Accredited Training
The Entally Rural Skills Program includes selected units from Certificate I in AgriFood Operations and Certficate II in Production Horticulture. It contains training around most fundamental rural and viticulture skills. All particpants are awarded a Statement of Attainment for all units in which they are deemed competent.

Work Experience & Training Program
Entally Estate Vineyard allows Youth Futures to have a directly relevant Rural Skills program specialising in viticulture, but also covering many vocationally relevant Agriculture Industry skills. From the outset our programs are designed in close consultation with Industry; both on the ground employers as well as peak bodies such as Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA).

Special Thanks to these businesses who support us and the operation of Entally Estate