Big need for farm man­agers

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

FU­TURE de­mand for farm­ers and farm man­agers could ac­cel­er­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for the growth of Aus­tralia’s cot­ton in­dus­try.

Com­ment­ing on the lat­est fu­ture job open­ings re­search re­port from the Na­tional Cen­tre for Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search (NCVER), Cot­ton Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Michael Mur­ray said as one of the fastest ex­pand­ing sec­tors in Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture, the cot­ton in­dus­try would ben­e­fit from growth in job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The NCVER re­port fore­casts growth in the to­tal num­ber of job open­ings be­tween 2017 and 2024. The sec­ond high­est num­ber of job open­ings – at 71,300 per year or 570,600 in to­tal – would be for man­agers. Within that sec­tor, farm­ers and farm man­agers rated sec­ond-high­est – be­hind con­struc­tion, dis­tri­bu­tion and pro­duc­tion man­agers – with likely de­mand for 10,100 per year (80,900 to­tal) over the pe­riod.

“Anec­do­tal ev­i­dence has for some time in­di­cated that job op­por­tu­ni­ties within the cot­ton in­dus­try would grow as the in­dus­try has ex­panded, par­tic­u­larly in the NSW south­ern val­leys,” Mr Mur­ray said. “An age­ing farm lead­er­ship de­mo­graphic com­bined with the ex­pan­sion of the sec­tor as a whole will cre­ate fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to en­ter the cot­ton in­dus­try. It is ex­cit­ing to con­tem­plate the near fu­ture of Aus­tralia’s cot­ton in­dus­try as one of growth and op­por­tu­nity, par­tic­u­larly for young peo­ple. Our sec­tor has tra­di­tion­ally been open to out­side ex­per­tise, and we would wel­come some fresh faces who could bring their own ex­pe­ri­ence into the mix.”

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