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Next round of applications sought for scholarship

Applications are closing soon for the Sheepmeat Industry Governance Scholarship – an opportunity for sheep meat producers to receive formal training in industry leadership and corporate governance.

There are five scholarships available – each valued at up to $10,000 – through the Sheepmeat Council of Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia joint initiative, ‘Building Leadership Capability for the Sheep Industry’.

The initiative’s objective is to ensure the Australian sheep industry attracts and retains people with leadership skills to contribute to the long-term viability of the industry by developing industry capability and capacity.

The governance scholarship is for producers to complete the Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. It includes all course fees and one year of AICD membership (paid direct to the AICD), travel to the course and accommodation and meals during the course.

The course is a five-day intensive program for board directors, aspiring directors or executives and focuses on the roles, responsibilities and skills required by directors and boards.

Sheepmeat Council of Australia CEO Kat Giles says the Council is committed to ensuring the next generation of sheep producers is equipped to take on positions of leadership in the organisation.

“Strong corporate governance and board leadership skills are crucial to the future of the Australian sheep industry and the AICD Course is a great program to learn the skills important to SCA,” she said.

“Graduates learn key skills such as the roles and responsibilities of being a director, duties around risk, legalities, strategy, financial literacy and driving board effectiveness which is useful at a farm management level as well as representing the industry.”

2016 Participant Bindi Murray has taken on the role of Lambex chair after completing the scholarship.

“The course was something I wanted to do and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for it,” she said.

“But it was a fantastic group and fantastic program, and the people we had there had such a diverse range of experiences within the agricultural industry and outside.

“I would encourage anyone with any interest in improving governance to apply.”

Applications must be submitted before 5pm on Tuesday 1 August 2017. An application form and program flyer with conditions of entry are available on the Sheepmeat Council of Australia’s website.

Source: Sheepmeat Council of Australia

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