Search is on for Australia’s top young wool broker

Sheep Central, March 20, 2017

THE annual search for Australia’s top young wool broker has begun.

The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia 2017 Wool Broker Award is in its sixth successful year and nominees are needed.

The award recognises excellence in service to woolgrowers, auctioneering and/or innovation by an outstanding wool broker employee who is working for a NCWSBA member and has been in the wool broking industry for 10 years or less.

NCWSBA president Simon Hogan said the objective of the award is to encourage newer members of the Australian wool broking industry and promote excellence in all aspects of wool broking.

“NCWSBA, through the award, has been promoting both wool broking and the Australian wool industry as an interesting prospective career for young people, including graduates, since 2012.

“We also seek to raise the profile of and increase the understanding of the important role of wool brokers,” he said.

The prize in 2017 is a fully paid trip to attend the 2018 congress of the International Wool Textile Organisation to be held in Hong Kong in April/May 2018. Arrangements will also be made for the 2017 award winner to visit the wool textile industry and retailers in Hong Kong and southern China.

“Past winners of the award have attended IWTO Congresses in Italy, China, South Africa and, this year, in Harrogate, UK.

“They have also visited wool textile mills and wool-growing properties in these countries, expanding their experience and understanding of the global wool industry,” Mr Hogan said.

To be eligible, applicants must have been working in the wool broking industry for 10 years or less and be employed by a NCWSBA member company. Full details and application forms are available from the NCWSBA office. Interested people can call (03) 93110152 or email [email protected]

Applications close on June 23. An independent selection panel will review all applications and short-listed candidates will be notified by July 14. These candidates will be expected to attend the NCWSBA’s annual general meeting to give a short presentation in support of their nomination at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne on August 24 and the winner will be announced at the Wool Week dinner that evening, at Aerial, South Wharf, Melbourne. Award sponsors are AWTA Ltd and Fairfax Agricultural Media.


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