Twenty industry representatives from across the apple, pear, cherry, berry and summerfruit sectors participated in the APAL-Marcus Oldham College Emerging Leaders program earlier this month.
Simon Rouget, Production Manager at Koala Cherries in Yarck, Victoria, was one of the program attendees.
“We covered a lot in a week. I found it interesting profiling different personalities, and the techniques used to communicate effectively with each type,” says Simon.
“I thought Scott Montague’s presentation at one of the dinners was really impressive. I thought he promoted the Montague family brand really well. His thoughts on community, marketing and business was a highlight.”
Fiona Chambers, who coordinated the program said she was delighted to have been actively involved in the program since its inception. “It has been a wonderful three year journey. The brief given to Marcus Oldham was to develop a leadership program for the industry that would help build capacity and skills. Judging from the feedback, I think we have achieved that,” says Fiona.
“Our emphasis was to help people become more confident and feel empowered to initiate and lead change in the context of their personal, business, industry and community lives.”
The 2015 Emerging Leaders program is the last of three successful programs run by APAL and Marcus Oldham College to support up-and-coming industry hopefuls get access to leadership training and skills development to support their career development.
APAL Deputy Chair Kevin Sanders has attended the final dinner each year the program has run and met with the participants.
“I can say with confidence that this kind of upskilling of our future leaders is most worthwhile,” says Kevin. “To see the participants at the end of the course and gauge from their own thoughts how much the course has done for them, it is truly remarkable.”
The Emerging Leaders program was funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd using the apple and pear industry levy funds from growers and funds from the Australian Government.