VETiS Primary Industries Competition
People working in Primary Industries provide vital products and services which influence the daily lives of all members of society. Examples of work in the field include operating tractors and other machinery, breeding and caring for livestock; planting, treating and harvesting crops; and building and maintaining farm machinery and infrastructure, such as fences.
The Primary Industries VETiS Competition will test Competitors across mixed farming enterprises, including cropping and livestock.
YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN PRIMARY INDUSTRIES IF YOU:
- Enjoy working outdoors
- Have an interest in agriculture and applied science
- Have an interest towards working with machinery and tools
- Enjoy problem solving
IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION
The WorldSkills Australia VETiS Primary Industries Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 42 Australian regions. The VETiS Primary Industries Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.
WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next VETiS Primary Industries Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2023 and 2025 are the next National Championship years.
Training Package Requirements
The WorldSkills Australia VETiS Primary Industries Competitions align to the National Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.
Training Package Requirements – Regional Level
The 2022 WorldSkills Australia Regional VETiS Primary Industries Competition aligns to the Units of Competency contained in the AHC20116 – Certificate II in Agriculture Qualification.
Regional Competition Tasks
The Regional Competition for VETiS involves a variety of assessment methods in order to determine the competitor’s competency in the Primary Industries tasks.
The Regional Competition has three modules
- Tractor Operations
- Animal Handling
Competitors will be divided into groups. Each module will be undertaken by each group concurrently under separate supervision and rotated around as directed by the Chief Judge on the day
Regional Competition Tasks
- Perform routine tractor checks (pre-start and daily check)
- Identify mechanical and environmental hazards and operator factors associated with tractor use
- Identify relevant risk control procedures
- Hitch, unhitch and operate a 3 point linkage implement
- Tractor is driven in a safe and controlled manner based on conditions
- Identify and sort livestock
- Identify hazards, risks and control measures associated with animal and manual handling
- Carry out livestock weighing and condition scoring to enterprise requirements
- Record livestock weights and condition scores to enterprise requirements
- Determine dosage and calibrate drench gun
- Drench livestock
- Clean up and store equipment
- Demonstrate various fencing knots
- Make repairs to a fixed fence
- Pre- and Post-operative equipment checks
- Record application details
Regionals Competition Duration
The competition time is 4.5hrs over 1 day not including breaks or briefing.
Training Package Requirements – National Level
The 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Competition for VETiS Primary Industries aligns to the units of competency contained in the AHC20116 – Certificate II in Agriculture Qualification.
The National Competition for VETiS is designed to test Competitors across a range of skills across mixed farming enterprises, including cropping and livestock.
National Competition Tasks
- Tractor operation and use of an implement.
- Carry out tests on soils and make fertiliser recommendations.
- Perform animal husbandry skills with livestock in yards.
- Assess weather conditions.
- Construct an electric fence by following a specific plan.
- Demonstrate how to install, maintain and repair a conventional fence.
- Perform weed control – knowledge of IPM.
- Apply chemicals under supervision.
- Use of technology to improve environmental work practices.
- Participate in a teamwork task.
Nationals Competition Duration
Total competition time is 18 hours over 3 days not including breaks or briefing.
Find out about training options
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Learn more about this course by following the following link Certificate II in Agriculture