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AWI wool leadership 2016 program open for applications

Sheep Central, October 1, 2015
AWI Breeding Leadership 2014 participants

AWI Breeding Leadership 2014 participants

YOUNG wool industry workers have just four weeks to apply to join Australian Wool Innovation’s 2016 Breeding Leadership program.

AWI said 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.

A 2014 BL participant, Simon Riddle from Violet Town, Victoria, agrees the program also provides clear industry and career links.

“Breeding Leadership has really opened my eyes, it showed me where I could be going and now will be going,” he said.

In 2016, the opportunity is available again for any wool industry participant aged from 25 to 35 years and applications are now being called for. AWI aims to increase the number of enthusiastic, influential, dynamic and dedicated leaders within the wool industry by supporting this program.

More than 100 people have participated in the program on alternate years since 2002. Applications close Monday, November 2, 2015. The course will be delivered in February 2016 by Rural Directions Pty Ltd in Clare, South Australia.

Interest in agriculture and wool has ‘turned the corner’

AWI trade education general manager Julie Davies said interest from young people in agriculture and the wool industry has “turned the corner” recently.

“An increasing number of young Australians are keen to be part of this great industry that played such a significant role in the development of the country and still employs many thousands of people.

“Breeding Leadership is a perfect opportunity for anyone looking to further their career.”

Interested individuals are encouraged to visit www.wool.com/breedingleadership or contact Carlyn Sherriff via phone 08 8841 4500 or email [email protected]. Interested individuals will be required to submit an application to participate in the week-long program.

Breeding Leadership is part of a suite of educational and extension initiatives from AWI, which includes support for programs such as the National Merino Challenge, Hay Inc. Rural Traineeship Program, Young Farming Champions, AWI state grower networks, Nuffield Scholarships and Australian Rural Leadership Program.

Click here to see who was in the 2014 Breeding Leadership program.

Source: Australian Wool Innovation

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