Can you use ‘A Leg Up’ through a new mentoring project?

Sheep Central February 27, 2017

Meridian Agriculture’s Dan Korff.

NEW agricultural industry mentoring program ‘A Leg Up’ is looking for people willing to work on its steering committee, act as mentors or who are interested in being mentored.

A Leg Up aims to provide workforce mentor support for current and or aspiring red meat research development and adoption professionals by pairing them with an experienced industry professional.

Meat & Livestock Australia and Meridian Agriculture is calling for expressions of interest from individuals to sit on its industry steering committee for the new mentoring and personal development program.

This project aims to facilitate effective communication, enable skill transfer, and build a professional network to assist RD&A entrants to set goals and achieve them.

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Meridian livestock business adviser Dan Korff said the program was looking for EOIs from aspiring red meat industry professionals to be mentored and assisted in their career development, “as well as the mentors we need for this to occur.”

“This is an awesome opportunity for a structured, industry relevant and long term mentoring relationship to be developed,” he said.

In the program, current and aspiring red meat RD&A professionals will be paired with an experienced industry professional to facilitate effective communication, enable skill transfer, and build a professional network to for goal-setting and achievement.

A Leg Up’s project aims include:

  1. To assist in filling the gap that has arisen through the drastic reduction in the number of positions available for RD&A professionals.
  2. To provide a supportive and structured program for the engagement and support of young and new entrants, who are tertiary qualified, and working in the sheep meat and grass-fed beef industries and the RD&A network.
  3. To engage a minimum of 20 new industry entrants (mentees) and partner them with 20 established industry participants (mentors) for 12 months to facilitate knowledge transfer and skill development through a group workshop carried out at the beginning of the program, on-going contact through the 12 month period, and to reach agreed expectations of the program over the 12 months.
  4. To deliver a structured program to foster, manage and ensure a professional network between mentors and mentees that has a macro view of the industry and focuses on the individual skills of each participant through 8 structured and monitored points of contact during the program and a pre and post program expectations audit.

The program aims to benefit the industry by encouraging and supporting new and aspiring entrants, who are in the work force or are workforce ready to enter and remain in the sheep meat, grass-fed beef and RD&A industries.

It is proposed that the steering committee include a northern and southern producer, a university dean or staff member, a researcher or scientist, an MLA staff member, two tertiary students and an extension officer or consultant. EOI’s must be received before March 24, 2017.

For more information or to discuss please contact project manager Dan Korff on 0447 418 485 or email: [email protected] Information packs can be downloaded and completed below.

ALU Project Summary

Mentee Information Pack

Mentor Information Pack

Source: Meridian Agriculture.


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