Grains Research and Development

Date: 10.10.2013

Opportunities for building skills and capacity in grains industry

Author: Sharon Watt
Kyle Reynolds

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is continuing to invest in the development of skills and capacity in the Australian grains industry.

Skills and capacity building is recognised by the GRDC and the broader grains industry as critical to the ongoing success and viability of the national grains sector.

GRDC Program Manager Capacity Building, Kathleen Allan, says to continue to compete and succeed internationally the Australian grains industry needs a highly skilled and motivated workforce that includes growers, advisers, researchers and managers.

“The GRDC therefore invests in a range of skills and capacity-building activities that are aimed at supporting current and potential future members of the industry to improve their ability to lead, learn, change, innovate and advance the nation’s grains sector,” Ms Allan said.

“The GRDC invests in these activities either directly or through partnerships with other organisations.”

The GRDC is now seeking applications – which close October 30 – for a range of award, scholarship and sponsorship opportunities, including:

Industry Development Awards – The GRDC Industry Development Awards are specifically targeted at Australian grain growers or groups working directly with growers for study tours, travel or other forms of training approved by the GRDC. The aim is to develop new skills, build relationships and acquire new information that will contribute to building a sustainable and profitable grains industry.

Travel Awards – The GRDC Travel Awards are available to individuals or groups within the Australian grains industry wishing to attend a conference or undertake travel that aligns with the GRDC's corporate objectives and demonstrated benefit to the Australian grains industry. Applicants should highlight both the professional development benefit and the mechanism for the dissemination of knowledge to the industry.

Conference Sponsorship – The GRDC provides sponsorship assistance to organisations wishing to conduct a conference, workshop, seminar or field day that directly benefits the Australian grains industry. The aim is to develop the skills and capacity required to achieve the objectives of the Australian grains industry and the GRDC. The GRDC places high
priority on the dissemination and communication of knowledge gained from the experience
offered by conference sponsorship.Agricultural Training Awards – The GRDC Agricultural Training Awards are a one-year scholarship valued at $3000 and are available to students undertaking full time study at a recognised vocational education and training provider. The scholarships are offered directly through the vocational education and training provider. In the southern cropping region, these awards are offered through Longerenong College in Victoria.

Grains Industry Indigenous Training Awards – The GRDC Indigenous Training Awards are specifically targeted at individuals who wish to undertake work placements, tertiary study, or other forms of training approved by the GRDC. The aim is to develop new skills, build relationships and contribute to building a sustainable and profitable grains industry.

Grains Industry Research Scholarships – The GRDC Grains Industry Research Scholarships encourage post-graduate training in disciplines that contribute to the research, development and extension priorities of the GRDC and the Australian grains industry. Scholarships are available for three years and are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, the topic of the proposed research program and the likelihood of the applicant’s ongoing involvement in the grains industry. To be eligible for a GRS, applicants must secure a base scholarship such as an Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) or equivalent.

Grains Industry Undergraduate Honours Scholarships – The GRDC Grains Industry Undergraduate Honours Scholarships encourage training in disciplines that contribute to the research, development and extension priorities of the GRDC and the Australian grains industry.

Eligibility, selection criteria and application forms for the various scholarship and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.grdc.com.au/Apply. Further information is also contained in the GRDC Building Skills and Capacity Fact Sheet which is available for viewing and downloading at www.grdc.com.au/GRDC-FS-SkillsAndCapacityBuilding.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm AEST on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

ENDS

Caption: Charles Sturt University PhD student Kyle Reynolds, who has been studying potential anti-obesity properties in pulses, was the recipient of a GRDC Grains Industry Undergraduate Honours Scholarship. Image courtesy Paul Jones, Coretext.

For Interviews

Kathleen Allan, GRDC
02 6166 4500

Contact

Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

Region South, North