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Vol 25. No. 7 July 2021 Australian Pork Newspaper PO Box 162 Wynnum 4178 Phone (07) 3286 1833 Email
Tracy Anderson from Hivesville in Queensland, sponsored by Australian Pork Limited, has been included in the pres- tigious Australian Rural Leadership Program 28th cohort.
Putting Australian pork industry people first
AUSTRALIAN farmers are on track for a record-breaking year in 2020-2021, re- cording gross value of over $66 billion, ac- cording to the latest government forecast by the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Re- source Economics.
how their research can and augmenting skills
But with forecasts ex- pressing concerns about trade uncertainty in the same breath, industries are preparing their pro- duction systems to ab- sorb the volatility that agriculture brings.
be developed for class- rooms, profiling a wide range of people, skills and experiences needed to make the industry op- erate.
have been co-designed by APL and industry to provide better access to training for staff, service providers and govern- ment.
A new two to three- year cadetship managed and coordinated by APL could provide certified training programs for graduates as they move through different areas of production and at- tend industry leadership events.
But with international travel off the cards in the immediate future, this new program will give participants the op- portunity to explore the Australian pork supply chain, as well as learn from other domestic in- dustries.
This makes securing and retaining skilled people a fundamental necessity in the pork in- dustry.
The resources cel- ebrate our industry’s people, how they got to where they are and what they like about what they do, to help students identify with real career profiles.
Since the launch in March 2021, 209 new users have enrolled in modules from working with pigs to ASF pre- paredness and ProHand review.
But it is not only graduates who benefit from industry leadership training.
On a personal note, it is an exciting time to be part of an industry that lifts up its people to shape its future direc- tion.
But seeds must be sown to make it happen. Which was why it
But the new – not-so- secret – weapon in the classroom will be Aus- tralian Pork Limited’s virtual tour of the pork industry, releasing this month.
Industry graduate re- cruitment
The pork industry has strong stories to tell, which need people from all walks of life to tell them.
was exciting to share new and extended ini- tiatives in education and training, graduate research and placement and industry leadership at last month’s virtual delegates’ forum. Education and training
As part of a commit- ment to delivering more innovation onto farm, APL is continuing col- laboration with the Aus- tralasian Pork Research Institute Ltd.
This is why the Aus- tralian Pork young leaders program based in Toowoomba will be replaced with the ethos of a new Australian Pork emerging leaders program and its success replicated elsewhere in Australia.
A big thank you to all delegates who attended last month’s forum and consistently put in the work with members and industry.
It seems obvious that greater industry visi- bility is vital to attracting more skilled workers to regional areas.
Since its ideation in 2019, the virtual tour resource has been hotly anticipated.
Over the next five years, APL and APRIL have a target of awarding 15 postgraduate and 10 Honours scholarships to high calibre students with an interest in pig production.
The level of engage- ment and feedback re- ceived helps sharpen direction for the year ahead.
Point of View
On top of this, APL plans to explore industry placement programs for tertiary qualified stu- dents who are not com- pleting post graduate studies.
From this, a new lead- ership program based on the internationally focussed Danish pro- gram will be established to help industry leaders build presentation, media spokesperson and conflict resolution skills.
From farm sheds and paddocks, to the abattoir and into retail, the public and students alike will be able to explore the ins and outs of our supply chain.
A new co-funded in- dustry initiative will target the support and training of post graduate students.
The program focusses on career succession by building ‘soft skills’ in people of all ages working across industry, developing networks
Virtual events of this kind are challenging for everyone, and we know that nothing compares to face-to-face interaction.
apply in commercial set- tings.
in areas such as busi- ness, communication and technical industry knowledge.
Stable production sys- tems are built not just from the land, but by the people who manage it.
Industry leadership
But achieving this safely on a large scale is not so straight for- ward when 90 percent of production is housed indoors.
As threats of African swine fever heighten bi- osecurity measures and COVID-19 restricts our movements, the resource will work both as an ed- ucational tool and a tan- gible transparency piece of the sustainability framework.
Additionally, utilising base funding facility providers for research projects involving post- graduate students en- sures research is con- ducted in commercial production systems.
With schools and uni- versities ramping up for career days, industry will showcase the diver- sity of job opportunities not only on farm, but also as service providers and throughout the broader supply chain.
Another success story well and truly underway is APL’s new learning management system, or LMS.
This helps students un- derstand industry, foster skills and relationships with industry, and most importantly understand
The pork industry has strong stories to tell, which need people from all walks of life to tell them. Photo: Diego San
As part of this, a new careers resource will
The free online courses
Building leadership
for rural, regional
and remote Australia
TWENTY-NINE people have been announced as part of the 28th cohort of the prestigious Australian Rural Leadership Pro- gram, including Tracy An- derson from Hivesville in Queensland, sponsored by Australian Pork Limited.
“We are thrilled to an- nounce the ARLP Course 28, 2021-22 cohort at a time when courageous and influential leadership has never been more important to support recovery from drought, bushfires, floods and COVID-19, and build resilience to face future op- portunities and challenges in rural, regional and re- mote Australia,” Mr Lin- negar said.
The ARLP is Australia’s longest and most in-depth experiential leadership program designed to build leadership capability in people in rural, regional and remote Australia.
“This program would not be possible without the support of our scholarship partners – organisations who understand the value of investing in people as- sets and share in our mis- sion to exercise leadership for positive impact in rural, regional and remote Aus- tralia.”
Participants attend 50 days of experiential learning and mentoring across four sessions over a 15-month period.
The program gives par- ticipants valuable opportu- nities to enhance their ca- pacity and create a network of like-minded leaders to positively influence their organisations, industries and communities.
The ARLP Course 28 will commenceinJuly2021.
Australian Rural Leader- ship Foundation chief ex- ecutive Matt Linnegar con- gratulates the 29 partici- pants from across Australia on their success in being selected for the ARLP.
Applications for ARLP Course 29 will open on July 4 and close on August 29, with expressions of in- terest being accepted via the ARLF website, rural- of-interest-arlp-course-29/
Phone: 07 4697 3344 • Fax 07 4697 3532
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