New course to skill next generation of female agricultural leaders

A new course to skill the next generation of female agricultural leaders – the Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Technology and Enterprise (ELATE) program – will be offered at Muresk Institute from 2018. The ELATE program, launched at Muresk by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery on the inaugural National Agriculture Day, aims to improve productivity and develop a highly skilled rural workforce with clear employment pathways.

The ELATE program is aimed at emerging female leaders and will include topics such as operational planning, contemporary farming practices using technology, effective workplace relations, succession planning and ensuring safe workplaces. The course covers contemporary issues such as biosecurity, technology adoption, animal welfare and business innovation, and is particularly aimed at boosting participation of women in agriculture to equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with business and management skills, while teaching them how to take advantage of emerging industry and technological trends.

Muresk Institute has worked with industry to create a tailored curriculum, using learnings from on-site research initiatives, to ensure graduates have the skills they need to meet industry needs. Industry leaders will also be involved as guest lecturers, including former winners and finalists for the State and national Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Woman of the Year.

Agriculture is Australia's second biggest export industry, with agricultural production in 2016-17 valued at $60 billion. Muresk Institute is Western Australia's skills hub for modern agriculture and is leading transformational change in the agribusiness sector with a focus on emerging markets, business opportunities, technology and innovation. The 12-month program will be delivered from 2018 in three residential blocks to enable participants to attend from across the State. Graduates will achieve a nationally recognised Diploma of Leadership and Management upon completion.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"Agriculture is a viable career option and currently supports 1.6 million Australian jobs across the supply chain in areas like production, retail, logistics, processing and marketing. The ELATE program will equip students not only with practical agricultural skills, but also the managerial and leadership skills to manage a successful and productive business. The demand for highly skilled workers in the agriculture sector is growing and, like many other industries, it continues to evolve as technology modernises the way we work. The ELATE program will close the gap between practical skills and managerial and leadership skills and, with direct involvement from industry, graduates will be well placed to take up the jobs on offer. It's a win-win for both students and industry."

This media statement was originally published here, 21 November 2017.

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Pictured: (L to R) Muresk Institute farm supervisor Steve Wainewright, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, and Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins at the ELATE launch on 21 November 2017.

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