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Calling all vegetable industry leaders

Publication date: 6 January 2016

HORTICULTURE Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) today called for applications to its highly sought-after 2016 Growing Leaders – National Vegetable Industry Leadership Program.

Developed, managed and delivered by Rural Training Initiatives, the course provides a great opportunity for those in leadership roles, or those who aspire to take leadership roles, across all aspects of the vegetable industry.

Hort Innovation Chief Executive Officer, John Lloyd said the course offers participants the tools to take their business to the next level, and get the edge on their competitors.

“The Growing Leaders course is open to growers, harvesters, marketers, processors, exporters, importers, and all roles in between,” Mr Lloyd said.

“We basically want to hear from anyone who is working in the Australian vegetable industry who wants to gain the right skills to positively shape their own future, the future of their business and the Australian vegetable industry as a whole.”

The course, designed in consultation with the vegetable industry, is delivered over six months including one three-day residential session in Melbourne, the Gold Coast or Canberra.

Participants will learn practical skills including:

  1. Conflict management
  2. Communication techniques
  3. The management of efficient meetings
  4. High-performance team building
  5. Media knowledge, and more

Applications for the Growing Leaders 2016 National Vegetable Industry Leadership Program close at 5pm on Friday, 22 January.

For more course information, go to To register your interest, contact Jill Briggs on 02 6035 7284, 0409 455 710 or

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