Matthew Jones has always been interested in agriculture, and when his school, Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, gave him the opportunity to do Certificate II and III in Primary Industries as part of his HSC, he jumped at the chance.
At the same time, Matthew was able to complete a Certificate IV in Wool Classing, knowing that these qualifications would give him a head start in his career.
Through his studies Matthew has been able to take up a wide variety of interesting opportunities including winning a bronze medal in a national WorldSkills Australia competition, winning a national title in sheep judging and becoming the national youth ambassador for the Poll Dorset Sheep Association.
Matthew also gained valuable communication and time management skills as well as meeting many people in the agriculture and primary industries.
Last year Matthew was named the 2010 VET in Schools Student of the Year in the New England Region, and then a finalist for the 2010 NSW VET in Schools Student of the Year Award.
Matthew also finds time for his other interests including travel, sport, clay target shooting, yard dog training and he is now an abseiling instructor with the air force cadets.
Matthew is about to spend 12 months working in Northern Queensland on a cattle farm.
He will then come back to study Rural Science at the University of New England in Armidale next year, in preparation for his dream job of being a stock and station agent.
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