A direct partnership between the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Cotton Australia and the NSW Government, is investing $14.7 million as part of the AgSkilled initiative.
This program supports vocational training in the cotton and grains industries in rural and regional NSW.
It is an industry-led initiative administered under the NSW Government's Smart and Skilled program
Funded over three years, the AgSkilled Training Strategy will deliver vocational education and training to prepare the workforce in the grains and cotton sectors for the changes being driven by fast-moving industry innovation, research and technology.
As part of this partnership, a specialised training program designed to give New South Wales growers the skills to manage a meeting or take on board positions was developed.
Delivered by one of Australias most successful regional business women, Julia Telford, the governance training is aimed at growers interested in increasing their involvement with agricultural associations.
This course was developed at the request of industry to provide accredited governance training for rural people," she says.
"Participants want the skills and knowledge to be effective industry representatives at committee and board level."
Other key platforms of the AgSkilled strategy led by GRDC and Cotton Australia include:
- Identifying industry training needs
- Sourcing participants
- Deciding on preferred Smart and Skilled providers