Ag students given a helping hand with career aspirations

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 19 Jun 2013


Four students at Victoria’s Longerenong College have their sights even more firmly set on a career in the grains industry, thanks to some welcome support from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

The students have each been awarded a $3000 scholarship to go towards their vocational education and training expenses.

Rhys Carmichael of Kerang, Lachlan Dzioba of Campbells Creek, Matt Gilmour of Donald and Kyam Shapcott of Gisborne are the recipients of this year’s four scholarships, provided to Longerenong College students as part of GRDC’s Agricultural Training Awards scheme.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel member, Susan Findlay Tickner, said the four students were deserving recipients as they all expressed a keen desire to forge a career in the grains industry and to contribute to the industry’s ongoing success.

“Rhys, Lachlan, Matt and Kyam demonstrated genuine enthusiasm and passion about where their futures lie in the grains sector,” said Mrs Findlay Tickner, who was involved in the scholarships selection process.

“They were all very aware of the major issues facing the industry – such as climate variability, the need for sustainable cropping practices, rising input costs and herbicide resistance – so they are already well on the way to becoming well-informed and valued members of the grains production community.”

Mrs Findlay Tickner said Longerenong College played an important and well respected role in the education and training of the next generation of agronomists, growers and grains industry personnel.

“GRDC is keen to encourage as many young people as possible to pursue a career in the grains sector, and Longerenong is a terrific springboard for such a pathway, but we do recognise a tertiary education does not come without expense.

“These scholarships will help ease the financial burden and provide extra incentive to current and prospective students of Longerenong College.”

The scholarships were awarded on the students’ ability to meet a selection criteria which included a strong record of achievement at work, school or in the community; enthusiasm for the agricultural industry; understanding of the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the Australian grains industry; and a demonstrated intent to work within the Australian grains industry.

The four successful students have also been offered as part of their scholarship free attendance to the GRDC’s grains research Update in Warracknabeal in July.

Longerenong College Head of Campus-General Manager John Goldsmith said: “It is wonderful for the college to have the on-going support from the GRDC. These scholarships allow students to pursue their dreams whilst taking some of the financial burden off their shoulders, allowing them to concentrate on their studies.”


Caption: GRDC Southern Regional Panel member, Susan Findlay Tickner, and Longerenong College Head of Campus-General Manager, John Goldsmith, are flanked by scholarship recipients Kyam Shapcott (left), Gisborne; Matt Gilmour, Donald; Rhys Carmichael, Kerang; and Lachlan Dzioba, Campbells Creek.

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Susan Findlay Tickner, GRDC Southern Panel
0428 622 352


John Goldsmith, Longerenong College
(03) 53 622 201


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

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