A new crop of Kiwi agriculturalists is set to be raised thanks to a scholarship programme from Woolworths in Australia.
Applications are open for the Agricultural Business Scholarship Programme, operated through Countdown in New Zealand, which provides two young Kiwis with the opportunity to build a career in agriculture, gaining industry insights from paddock to plate.
The successful applicants will travel to Sydney for the 12 day course, with fees, accommodation and travel courtesy of Countdown.
Ian Pavey, Countdown divisional manager – fresh produce, says the programme aims to stem the drift of talented people out of agriculture, while building new blood within the industry.
“Numbers of young people in the agricultural sector are dwindling. New Zealand prides itself on its fresh produce supply but if we are going to meet the future needs of this country, we need to ensure we attract and retain our young talent and grow them into agricultural leaders.”
During the 12-day course, participants will gain an academic perspective on the business of agriculture from industry experts, Woolworths business leaders and academics. The programme provides interactive learning, practical experiences and networking opportunities.
Lecture topics will include business strategy and planning, the agricultural value chain, leadership skills, business finance, supply chain management, doing business with retailers, the role of government and sustainability issues.
On their return to New Zealand, participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Countdown business in New Zealand.
Developed by Woolworths, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and the University of Western Sydney, the course was initiated 6 years ago; since then more than 150 people have taken part.
Kiwis aged 20-35, employed in the agricultural or horticultural industry, or in their second (or further) years of study in an agricultural or horticultural faculty are welcome to apply. The course will run from Monday August 27 to Friday September 7; Applications close June 15.
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