Eas­ier for farm­ers to up­skill busi­ness

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY -

THE Ru­ral Jobs and Skills Al­liance (RJSA), fa­cil­i­tated by the Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion, has been suc­cess­ful in lob­by­ing the Queens­land Govern­ment to change the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria for farm em­ploy­ees want­ing to up­skill through the Farm Busi­ness Man­age­ment course. The de­ci­sion to of­fer flex­i­bil­ity on ex­tend­ing the Farm Busi­ness Man­age­ment course to in­clude those who may have pre­vi­ously com­pleted a Cer­tifi­cate IV or higher is in re­sponse to in­dus­try ad­vice. QFF pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage wel­comed the in­creased flex­i­bil­ity.

“In­dus­try, through the RJSA, raised the nar­row el­i­gi­bil­ity for the course sub­sidy as a real bar­rier in get­ting farm man­agers and own­ers to up­skill in ar­eas where there is a sec­tor-wide short­fall,” he said.

“The Farm Busi­ness Man­age­ment Skill Set in­volves the com­ple­tion of four agribusi­ness units and cov­ers busi­ness plan­ning, bud­get­ing, risk man­age­ment and suc­ces­sion plan­ning. Th­ese skills are im­por­tant for farm busi­nesses par­tic­u­larly when plan­ning for and re­cov­er­ing from nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.”

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