Cotton Australia encourages growers to have their say (via a short online survey) and help identify the training needs of the cotton and grains industries now and into the future.
Together with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Cotton Australia is conducting a training needs survey to better understand the immediate and future training needs of NSW growers, on-farm staff and the broader industry. The survey will help inform the roll-out of the AgSkilled initiative.
Background information: AgSkilled initiative
The survey is part of the AgSkilled initiative announced in December 2016 by the Deputy Premier of NSW and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro. $14.7 million has been allocated to the cotton and grains industries project by the NSW Government over three years to increase staff skill levels and attract industry newcomers with the aim of improving the productivity and profitability of both industries.
As part of the AgSkilled initiative, funding will be made available to on-farm staff and industry professionals for full qualifications (Certificate I - Diploma Agriculture) and part qualifcations (from one unit up to half a full qualification).
The initiative is administered under the NSW Government's Smart and Skilled program, with Cotton Australia and the GRDC working with Training Services NSW and registered training organisations to deliver the training. Regional delivery of training will be a priority, with courses to be delivered in rural and remote locations.