Citrus scholarship for young leader
CITRUS Australia has announced a new scholarship for a young leader in the citrus industry.
The scholarship, valued at about $10,000, includes a three-day course and a trip to the PMA Fresh Summit in the United States.
Citrus Australia chief executive officer Judith Damiani said the winning candidate would demonstrate innovation in the growing, packing or marketing of citrus, and leadership through their active participation in the citrus industry, or who has leadership capability within their business.
“Innovation, maybe the introduction of new techniques that increase production, reduce water or spraying, or new variety development,” Ms Damiani said.
“Packhouse may be a novel idea that increases efficiency or pack-out, while marketing may be new/novel ways to communicate with consumers or a packaging innovation.”
Machinery, packaging and labelling company J-Tech Systems has sponsored the scholarship.
J-Tech Systems general manager Cameron McInness said the Emerging Leaders scholarship was practical-based and designed to link back to the real-world issues of participants.
“The aim of the scholarship is to encourage young people in citrus to further develop their skills and knowledge and to increase the opportunities for long-term careers in our industry,” he said.
“The three-day fully residential format comprises a mix of experiential learning activities, a business simulation, case studies and the application of learning through team presentations to PMA executives.
“These action-learning methods will continually link back to the participants’ real-world issues and situations identified in pre-program goal setting discussions between each participant, their manager and the program director.”
The winner will be announced at the Citrus Technical Forum running from March 1–2 in Mildura.
For more information on the scholarship and how to apply, phone Citrus Australia on 03 5023 6333.