A $10000 scholarship is available to a student working in the apple or pear industry looking to study a Diploma of Agribusiness in 2018.
This is the third and final scholarship made available under a partnership between APAL, Horticulture Innovation Australia and Marcus Oldham College.
College deputy principal Tony McMeel said the course was practically based and encouraged those planning a career in the industry to apply.
‘‘I know it’s a big ask for employees to leave the business they’re working in to complete the school year,’’ he said.
‘‘But once they’re here, in the learning environment, they see that the course is invaluable and a great foundation for their future in the industry.’’
The course is based on case study learning with a focus on the practical application of business management knowledge. Students will graduate with skills in farm business administration and business planning; an ability to produce and understand farm financial reports; and a strong understanding of information technology and its uses in agriculture.
The industry’s future relies heavily on the development of talent within apple and pear enterprises and it’s up to business owners to invest in and strengthen the agronomy, leadership and management capabilities of employees, including family members.
Current scholar Jack Bartels said he was a little unsure about studying at Marcus Oldham College initially, but a visit to the college helped cement his decision.
‘‘I’d strongly recommend anyone even slightly thinking about studying agribusiness or anything horticulture-related to participate in the Marcus Minds weekend (June 23-25),’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a great opportunity to see what the college is all about — there are many differences between studying here and at a mainstream university.’’
Former scholarship recipient Thomas Griggs has also noted the importance of learning and upskilling, and said there were opportunities for young people wanting to succeed in the industry, given it was not as competitive to enter horticulture as it might be for other agricultural industries such as broadacre or cattle.
It’s due to this lack of interest that Mr Griggs sees potential for himself in the industry.
■For more information visit the Marcus Oldham website or phone Alison Barber on 9329 3511 or email [email protected]
Applications close Monday, July 31.