Opportunities for building skills and capacity in grains industry
Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 23 Oct 2014
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 29 – 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 researchers within the Australian grains industry wishing to attend a conference or undertake travel that aligns with the GRDC's corporate objectives and demonstrates 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.
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 AEDST on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
Caption: The GRDC provides sponsorship assistance to organisations wishing to conduct a field day, conference, workshop or seminar that directly benefits the Australian grains industry.
Kathleen Allan, GRDC
02 6166 4500
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
Region South, North