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Masterclass in Horticultural Business applications closing 1 December

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Matthew Griggs, recipient of one of the two apple and pear scholarships for 2019.

February 2020 intake applications closes 17 January.

Hort Innovation is offering two $10,000 scholarships for apple and/or pear growers who pay an industry levy or are employed by a levy paying business for the Masterclass in Horticultural Business program at the University of Tasmania in 2020.

“The 2019 Agri Business Master class has given me the skills to analyse the business plans behind new apple club varieties. This is relevant to me as we are now entering into an era where the plan behind the apple is more important than the apple itself,” said Matthew Griggs, a current student from Lucaston Park Orchards in the Huon Valley and a recipient of one of the two apple and pear scholarships for 2019.

The Masterclass in Horticultural Business is recommended for people working in the horticulture industry who meet the following criteria:

  • You have experience in the sector and want to take your career to the next level.
  • You recognise the urgency for change and growth in the sector and want to contribute to this by developing your own knowledge and practical skills.
  • You want practical knowledge that will help you further develop your business or the horticulture industry.
  • You are willing to reflect critically on your own company and/or on sector developments.

Read more about the program here.

The course will focus on developing participants’ employability skills by exposing them to real-world industry case studies. It consists of eight 5-week modules, and a ‘Portfolio and Practice’ component is integrated into each module. Learn more about the course structure here.

The apple and pear industry scholarships are open to all apple and/or pear growers who pay an industry levy/are employed by a levy paying business. Watch Wayne Trengove from Hansen Orchards speak about how the program has benefited him:


Wayne Trengove, of Hansen Orchards, is a true innovator. He's recently taken his plans to develop new techniques for apple growing to the Masterclass in Horticultural Business (proudly supported by the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund). If you've got an idea you'd like to develop with industry experts, enrol in the 2019 class with University of Tasmania at

Posted by Hort Innovation on Thursday, October 4, 2018

Next year’s course begins February 2020. Content is delivered online, and there are three face-to-face intensive workshops to attend. The course lasts for 10 months (8 modules, each 5 weeks long).

To learn more about if it’s right for you, click here.

For frequently asked questions, go here.


If you have any questions, contact

Watch videos following the 2018 cohort below:


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