APAL is committed to building technical expertise, industry knowledge and leadership potential to advance the apple and pear industry. APAL supports three capacity building programs the Emerging Leaders program, Nuffields Schol
- Emerging Leaders
- Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars
- New Horizons scholarships
Together, APAL and Marcus Oldham college ran an Emerging Leaders program over three years in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Each year the program aimed to support 20 people working within the apple, pear, nashi, cherry and summerfruit industries to participate to support their professional development.
Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars
In 2015, APAL sponsored Fiona Hall, an apple grower in NSW, to be a Nuffield Australia Farming Scholar – this was the first time in many years APAL had supported a Nuffield Scholar. Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars’ mission is to promote excellence in all aspects of Australian agricultural production, distribution and management through the adoption of local and international best practice, and continuous development of a unique network of industry leaders and innovators. Nuffield Scholars participate in a six-seven week international study tour to research their own topic of interest and to investigate agricultural marketing, trade and environmental issues.
New Horizons scholarships
Together, APAL and Marcus Oldham college run the Apple and Pear New Horizons Scholarship that provides $10,000 to a student from the apple and/or pear industry to go towards completing a Diploma of Agribusiness with Marcus Oldham.
One scholarship was awarded in 2016 to Thomas Griggs and another to Jack Bartels in 2017. One more $10,000 scholarship is available to study a Diploma of Agribusiness in 2018 and applications close 31 July 2017.
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APAL’s capacity building work incorporates is partly funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd using the apple and pear industry levy funds from growers and matching funds from the Australian Government.