SHEEP producers and industry workers have less than two months to apply to attend the second round of the Sheepmeat Industry Leadership program.
The Sheepmeat Council of Australia has launched the second round of a professional development opportunity for sheep meat producers and others in the industry to build leadership skills and develop networks.
The Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program is part of the SCA and Meat & Livestock Australia joint initiative, ‘Building Leadership Capability for the Sheep Industry’.
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Each of the 15 positions in the program is valued at more than $10,000 and covers all the training, course materials and travel to the two face-to-face sessions. Participants will be required to contribute $500 to the cost of their participation in the program.
SCA industry leadership and communication manager Kathleen Allan said the council is seeking applications from producers, policy officers and other people in the sheep meat value chain.
“Through the program we’re hoping to build a pool of people with the skills and confidence to return to their businesses and communities and take on leadership roles within the sheep meat industry,” she said.
The SCA leadership program is run by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, a not-for-profit company that works to develop leaders with a focus on influencing change across organisations, industries and communities in rural, regional and remote Australia.
Participant in the 2016 program Elise Bowen, Wagga Wagga, NSW, said the program helped her realise her own potential.
“I hadn’t had any leadership training previously, and thought leadership was something I didn’t have the skills to do.
“The great presenters and tools in the program helped me start the leadership journey, reflect on who I am and the skills I have to offer in a leadership role,” she said.
“I absolutely would recommend the program.
“It is a brilliant opportunity for people excited about the future of the Australian sheep meat industry, to gain some confidence and belief in what they have to offer, as well as opportunities to network and meet some fantastic people.”
Applications close at 5pm on Monday October 23, 2017. An application form and information sheet with entry requirements are available online at www.sheepmeatcouncil.com.au/SILprogram