Easier for farmers to upskill business
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.”