Support for hort women

By Country News

Current and emerging female leaders in the Australian horticulture industry are being encouraged to apply for a leadership development scholarship worth thousands of dollars.

Funded by Hort Innovation and Women and Leadership Australia, the $10941 scholarship grants are designed to supplement up to 60 per cent of the cost of a number of training programs.

Hort Innovation chief executive officer Matt Brand said the gender disparity within agriculture industries was well recognised.

‘‘In recent years we have invested heavily in leadership projects that encourage women to take the lead by working with partnering organisations to offer tailored programs designed to build skills and provide leadership training and opportunities,’’ Mr Brand said.

‘‘Through the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund, we have already seen 12 women undertake the Masterclass in Horticultural Business training, with five graduations in the last round.

‘‘Our partnership program with WLA has already seen 11 successful graduates from the Women in Leadership Project, with another three scholarship recipients currently enrolled.’’

Mr Brand said he could already see a shift in the attitudes towards women in horticulture.

WLA program director Suzi Finkelstein said she was delighted to be continuing this grant program into its second year.

‘‘Women working in the horticulture sector, or any sector for that matter, deserve to be given every opportunity to excel and take on leadership roles, particularly in industries that are traditionally male dominated and that have significant gender pay gaps,’’ Ms Finkelstein said.

‘‘Studies show that the more women you have in leadership roles in workplaces and industries, the lower the gender pay gap is for that workplace.’’

■Expressions of interest close on Friday, December 7 at 5pm. For more information and to apply, go to: www.wla.edu.au