Armidale’s BackTrack has received $110,000 in funding for its AgLads program thanks to a donation from the newly named Greater Bank.
It comes as an ongoing investment in the program from the bank who made a similar donation last year.
One of the young men who has benefited from the program is 17-year-old Jonathon Doyle.
“Johno” is enrolled as an agricultural trainee and is BackTrack’s first full time trainee.
AgLads co-ordinator Paul Dawson said Johno had a bright future in the agricultural industry and would set the benchmark high for younger AgLad’s participants.
The funding enables around 30 young people a year to work on local training farms to acquire accredited skills.
“The Greater Bank funding means the boys are learning a practical skill, business opportunities and also about lending a hand to other people,” Mr Dawson said.
He said changing a young person’s life for the better helps the community as a whole.
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