Schol­ar­ship rocks Wayne’s world

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE -

PEO­PLE work­ing in a va­ri­ety of hor­ti­cul­tural sec­tors have been urged to ap­ply for one of 16 in­dus­try-sup­ported schol­ar­ships worth $10,000 each.

An or­chard man­ager in the South says the mas­ter­class made him a bet­ter grower.

Wayne Tren­gove, who man­ages Hansen’s Or­chard grow­ing cher­ries and ap­ples at Rosegar­land near New Nor­folk, said the course was a great train­ing op­por­tu­nity for hor­ti­cul­tural busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als.

Mr Tren­grove was in the mas­ter­class this year and was a re­cip­i­ent of a schol­ar­ship.

The mas­ter­class was tailor-made for Aus­tralian en­trepreneurs with the ex­per­tise from the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia, Wa­genin­gen Academy in The Nether­lands and New Zealand’s Lin­coln Univer­sity.

“My skills are al­ready honed bet­ter, and I think I’m a bet­ter man­ager and hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist than I was be­fore,” Mr Tren­gove said.

“The course taught me a few bits and pieces that I im­me­di­ately put into ac­tion in the or­chard.”

Mr Tren­grove said he learned more about read­ing mar­ket trends and mar­ket­ing in his sec­tor.

As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Alis­tair Gra­cie from the Tas­ma­nian In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­ture said the course was of­fered through flex­i­ble on­line de­liv­ery and in­cluded sev­eral face-to-face field trips.

“The 10-month course is de­signed for peo­ple who want to take their ca­reers to the next level, by gain­ing new knowl­edge and busi­ness skills that can im­me­di­ately be put into prac­tice,” he said.

Schol­ar­ships are avail­able for the veg­etable, nurs­ery, ap­ple and pear sec­tors. Visit­ter­class-in-hor­ti­cul­tural-busi­ness Ap­pli­ca­tions are open un­til Oc­to­ber 29.

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