YOUTH initiatives to encourage future woolgrowers are being expanded by Australian Wool Innovation.
AWI has committed to funding the popular National Merino Challenge (NMC) for a further three years after it recently completed a pilot phase.
AWI has also committed to two years further funding for the Hay Inc farm experience program.
The Hay Inc provides a link between Riverina district landholders, employers and employees by providing mentoring for trainees through a series of hands-on modules that develop sheep station skills.
Hay Inc Rural Education is now taking applications for the next training program starting in February 2016. Details can be found at the Hay Inc Facebook page, AWI said.
AWI said the next National Merino Challenge would be held in May 2016 in Sydney. A total of 220 students have taken part in the two-day national competition. It helps young people recognise a career pathway by developing their Merino industry knowledge, skills and networks.
Applications for the NMC Steering Committee have also opened and will close on November 6. Further details are available at www.awinmc.com.au, AWI said.
Breeding Leadership nominations still open
More than 100 young people from the sheep industry have taken part in the Breeding Leadership course over the last ten years and positions in the February 2016 course are still available. Anyone currently involved in the wool industry between the ages of 25 and 35 is welcome to apply at www.wool.com/breedingleadership
Breeding Leadership is an excellent opportunity for young woolgrowers, agents, stud producers or anyone involved with wool to learn from current industry thought leaders and skilled deliverers in the areas of leadership and strategic thinking. The program also provides clear industry and career links.
The exact levels of funding committed by AWI to the youth programs will not be known until the numbers of participants are known, an AWI spokesman said.