**LAST DAYS to apply**
APAL is once again supporting 20 people working within the apple, pear, nashi, cherry and summerfruit industries to participate in the APAL-Marcus Oldham college ‘Emerging leaders’ program to support their professional development.
The ‘Emerging leaders’ program helps advance the skills and knowledge of people already working in the horticultural industry to become industry leaders and to advance the development of their particular sector of the industry.
According to program coordinator Fiona Chambers, from Marcus Oldham College, “There is no other course like it in the country that focuses specifically on bringing like-minded people together and giving them the opportunity to network and learn from each other and established industry leaders.”
The five-day program provides practical, industry-relevant learning. APAL identified that there was a need to build capacity among growers and industry workers to equip them with the necessary leadership skills and confidence to enable them to feel empowered and ready to lead change.
“Last year’s participants became empowered by their newly found perspectives and left brimming with enthusiasm and personal confidence,” said Fiona. “They felt ready to face and lead change in their lives.”
“I recommend this program to people who are looking for an opportunity to make a difference and bring about some kind of change in their personal lives and/or careers. These people may be feeling a little stuck in their present circumstances, but they are ready to open their minds to new ways of addressing the blocks and barriers that they may perceive are presently holding them back from what they want to achieve.”
During the program, participants will work to develop leadership, communication and planning skills. Through personal involvement and group participation they gain an understanding of their own strengths and development needs, as well as having the opportunity to network with keynote speakers from industry.
“The beauty of the industry being relatively small is that APAL has a personal relationship with all its growers,” says Fiona.
“It has been nice to see APAL personally tapping its emerging leaders on the shoulder and encouraging them to participate in the leadership program. Very often emerging leaders tell me that they never realised they had leadership potential. Having someone personally encourage them to apply in many cases allows the quieter achievers to step forward and deal with challenges they didn’t know they were capable of. It is very rewarding to help people to tap into their potential.”
The full cost of the program is $5,000 per person, but APAL and Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited are partly sponsoring the cost of the program, meaning participants only have to pay $1,500 (plus GTS) each. This includes full tuition costs, all course activities and full board for the week.
Places are limited and applications close 8 June 2015. Download the Emerging Leaders brochure and application form 2015 (pdf) or for more information contact APAL Industry Services Manager Annie Farrow on 03 9329 3511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hear what participants from the 2013 course have to say
Who do you work with? Bonny Glen Fruits/Caernarvon Cherry Company
What is your current role? Management/marketing
What sector of the horticultural industry do you work for? Production.
Did the Emerging Leaders course help you (or your career) in anyway? It helps you to recognise your weaknesses and gives you the tools to overcome them.
What was the best part of the course? It improved my self-awareness.
Who would you recommend attend the course? There is something in the Emerging Leaders course for everyone and I recommend that anyone involved in the horticultural industry of any age consider attending it.
What are your hopes for Australia’s horticultural industry? My hope for the industry is that family owned farms are sustainable.
Any other comments about the course? Like most people I am time poor and was concerned I was going to waste a week on a course that could be irrelevant. However, on the contrary, I found the course was extremely well organised and run with excellent content and relevancy.
Who do you work with? Aberdeen Orchards
What is your current role? Assistant Manager
What sector of the horticultural industry do you work for? Orchard management.
Did the Emerging Leaders course help you (or your career) in anyway? The course helped me communicate better with my staff and other people I work with. I am more confident with my public speaking at field days and with the media.
What was the best part of the course? The best part of the course was meeting other people in the same industry that were dealing with the same types of challenges I had.
Who would you recommend attend the course? Anyone that plays a leadership role in the horticultural industry should attend. It doesn’t matter if that leadership role is major or minor – if you manage staff you are in a leadership role.
What are your hopes for Australia’s horticultural industry? My hope is that the industry continues to be strong and successful with limited problems. I also want the industry to live up to its global
“clean and green” image as this will help everyone in the industry. As an Australian orchardist I want to deliver a quality product and I think having young enthusiastic people working in the industry is vital to do this.
Any other comments about the course? The course was a very enjoyable experience and I recommend it.
Who do you work with? Nufarm Australia Ltd
What is your current role? Sales Manager in the Southern Victoria / Tasmania region – working with distribution and growers.
What sector of the horticultural industry do you work for? Crop protection.
Did the Emerging Leaders course help you (or your career) in anyway? I believe that any opportunity to increase your skills for negotiation, communication, networking within the industry is invaluable. It has helped me to provide a higher level of service to my customers.
What was the best part of the course? The course was intensive including industry dinners each night with an opportunity to network with industry leaders, plenty of team building activities and also included industry tours to the fresh market, supply chain and retail outlets. I appreciated gaining an understanding of my own strengths and development needs, particularly communication strategies and negotiation styles and skills.
Who would you recommend attend the course? Anyone involved in horticulture – all segments of the apple and pear, summer fruits industry across growing, packing, marketing, advising, supplying inputs, and also from all growing regions across Australia.
What are your hopes for Australia’s horticultural industry and how could you help realise this? My hope is for a sustainable and successful industry, securing new markets, where disease and other crop limiting factors are reduced.
Any other comments about the course? I really liked how intense the course was, given that you are out of the business for a week, it’s well worth it!
Who do you work with? Montague Group
What is your current role? / What do you do? Technical Manager
What sector of the horticultural industry do you work for? Pome and Stonefruit
Has your role changed since the Emerging Leaders course? Yes, subsequent to the course I have progressed from Quality Manager to Technical Manager.
Did the Emerging Leaders course help you (or your career) in anyway, if so how? Yes, identifying my strengths and weaknesses, better tailored my own approach to learning and subsequently helping others learn, identifying appropriate management techniques for specific personality traits and a very supportive networking opportunity.
What was the best part of the course? Face to face learning and the networking.
Who would you recommend attend the course? Any individuals that see themselves in a position of leadership within their business and that wish to really improve their own opportunities to occupy more senior spaces.
What are your hopes for Australia’s horticultural industry and how could you help realise this? My personal hopes are for the industry continue to grow and innovate. In such a challenging market place with huge pressures namely price, as an industry we need to differentiate ourselves from the ‘norm’ and offer both the domestic and export markets a point of difference and superior product to substantiate the cost.