New course to skill next generation of female agricultural leaders

Date: 21 November 2017

The course covers biosecurity, technology, animal welfare, and business innovation, and is aimed at boosting participation of women in agriculture

A new training program at Muresk Institute will equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with business and management skills, while teaching them how to take advantage of emerging industry and technological trends.


The Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Technology and Enterprise (ELATE) program is aimed at emerging female leaders and will include topics such as operational planning, contemporary farming practices using technology, effective workplace relations, succession planning and ensuring safe workplaces.


The ELATE program, launched today on the inaugural National Agriculture Day by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, aims to improve productivity and develop a highly skilled rural workforce with clear employment pathways.


Muresk Institute has worked with industry to create a tailored curriculum, using learnings from on-site research initiatives, to ensure graduates have the skills they need to meet industry needs.


Industry leaders will also be involved as guest lecturers, including former winners and finalists for the State and national Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Woman of the Year.


The 12-month program will be delivered from 2018 in three residential blocks to enable participants to attend from across the State.


Graduates will achieve a nationally recognised Diploma of Leadership and Management upon completion.


Agriculture is Australia's second biggest export industry, with agricultural production in 2016-17 valued at $60 billion.


Muresk Institute is the skills hub for modern agriculture and is leading transformational change in the agribusiness sector with a focus on emerging markets, business opportunities, technology and innovation.


Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


"Agriculture is a viable career option and currently supports 1.6 million Australian jobs across the supply chain in areas like production, retail, logistics, processing and marketing.


"The ELATE program will equip students not only with practical agricultural skills, but also the managerial and leadership skills to manage a successful and productive business.


"The demand for highly skilled workers in the agriculture sector is growing and, like many other industries, it continues to evolve as technology modernises the way we work.


"The ELATE program will close the gap between practical skills and managerial and leadership skills and, with direct involvement from industry, graduates will be well placed to take up the jobs on offer.


"It's a win-win for both students and industry."


Minister's office - 6552 5700

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