Deadline extended for aspiring sheep meat industry leaders

Sheep Central, November 10, 2016

Sheepmeat Council of Australia logoASPIRING sheep meat industry leaders have less than two weeks to apply to join the Sheepmeat Council of Australia’s new leadership development program.

The closing date for the Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program has been extended by three weeks until 5pm on November 21 2016.

The Sheepmeat Council of Australia is calling for producers to apply to enter the program, which is designed to build leadership skills and develop networks.

The program was launched earlier this year as part of the SCA and Meat & Livestock Australia joint initiative, ‘Building Leadership Capability for the Sheep Industry’ and will be run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

The program includes two intakes – in 2017 and 2018 – with SCA selecting 15 participants per year. Each position is valued at more than $10,000 and covers all the training, course materials and travel to the two face-to-face sessions. Participants are required to contribute $500 to their program costs.

ARLF chief executive officer Matt Linnegar said leadership at every level across rural and regional Australia is vital to the success of our communities and industries.

“With a growing demand for high quality red meat and increasing expectations around animal welfare, the need for producers to look beyond the farm gate to the greater good of the sheep meat sector is more important now than ever,” he said.

“The program will take participants outside their comfort zone, help build diverse relationships and networks, connect them with industry leaders and build personal awareness and capacity to take the next step.

“It will take people to places they are unlikely to have been before and see them emerge more aware and better equipped to take on a future role in the industry, wherever that may be.”

SCA skills development and communication manager Kathleen Allan said the council is investing in the program to ensure the sheep industry attracts, develops and retains people with leadership skills to contribute to the long-term viability of the industry.

“Through involvement with the SCA, participants will develop a greater understanding of leadership roles and responsibilities in the industry and the value of collaborations, advocacy and effective negotiation,” she said.

An application form and information sheet with entry requirements are available online at

Source: Sheepmeat Council of Australia.


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