Drought-affected farmers given helping hand by young apprentices from across Australia

Young apprentices will help struggling farmers in NSW north-west

Updated Tue at 4:47pm

Drought-affected farmers are being given a helping hand by young apprentices from across Australia.

A group made up of qualified tradespeople and apprentices are set to visit areas including Goodooga and Lightning Ridge, to assist landholders who haven’t been able to carry out work on their farms.

The group is made up of carpenters, mechanics, electricians and painters.

The Coordinator Kate Parsons said it’s a great opportunity for young people to volunteer and help communities impacted by drought.

She said the aim is to help farmers who are finding it difficult to carry out work themselves.

“The farmers also bring the tradespeople out to the farms, it’s being really well received because obviously you can get a lot of tractors fixed you can get fences done you can get fences rewired so it really makes a difference.”

Ms Parsons said it also gives apprentices the chance to develop their own skills.

“It’s just being able to try something different plus the young apprentice can show I’ve got more people skills and look at all the farmers that I’ve got along with and worked with as well.”

“So it’s helps them with their employment as well” she said.

Topics: farm-labour, drought, apprenticeships, lightning-ridge-2834, dubbo-2830

First posted Tue at 4:45pm

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