He’s helping grow farming jobs
FARMING in the Granite Belt and Southern Darling Downs will be the focus for new RegionalWorkforce Development Co-ordinator Peter Broomhall who is based with Growcom in Toowoomba.
As part of his role Mr Broomhall will be progressing workplace development initiatives associated with the Queensland Production Horticulture Development Plan.
Mr Broomhall said he wanted to find different ways to develop better relationships between farmers, trainers and universities.
“Farmers can give me a call if they are confused about how training organisations work and those types of issues, and I can point them in the right direction,” he said.
“Some growers have mentioned wanting their staff to have a better understanding of pests and diseases and how to use that for better crop protection management.”
Mr Broomhall said that farming was not just a bloke sitting on a tractor but in fact it was important to remember that the career path could take many forms.
“It might be the fruit and vegetable industry, but there are many facets to that industry,” he said.
He said there were opportunities in administration and quality management, to name just a couple.
Mr Broomhall is working with one farmer in the Lockyer Valley who is looking at enterprise training.
“We are looking at what skills he needs to upgrade his staff and we will create a training plan,” he said.
He said he wanted growers to always be learning something new that would keep them in the business.
Mr Broomhall said growers should create opportunities for young people and students to get into the industry.
He said for example there could be a third year business student.
The student could come in at a project level and work with the farmers for a better analysis of the business as part of work experience or an internship.
“Bigger growers do it already but there is no reason why a mid-size business couldn’t do it as well,” he said.
“Doing that might help the graduate decide to stay in the area and in the industry.”
He said there was a lack of people coming into the industry and his job as coordinator was to coordinate between them.
Any grower who produces a food product and wants to learn more about the program or would like Peter to assist them with workforce development issues should contact him on 0408 135 003 or email pbroomhall@ growcom.com.au.
BIG PLANS: Clinton McGrath from DAFF, Regional Workforce Development Co-ordinator Peter Broomhall and Paul Oliver from Rugby Farms at the announcement of the Queensland Production Horticulture Workforce Development Plan at Rugby Farms.