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Subsidised professional development opportunities are currently available for women within the olive industry, to support emerging leaders through to those in established executive management positions.

Hort Innovation has partnered with Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) to offer a range of programs to strengthen the leadership credentials and boost career progression of women working in horticulture.

Three different programs and corresponding scholarship grants are available through the project Leadership training for women in Australian horticulture (LP16000), a strategic partnership initiative under the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund.

The three WLA programs available are:

  • Accelerated Leadership Performance Program – 18-week course for emerging leaders
  • Executive Ready – seven-month course for those with mid-level management and leadership experience
  • Advanced Leadership Program – 12-month course for those in senior and executive level positions.

The scholarship grants are being provided on a rolling basis, and cover almost 60 per cent of the total program fee, with residual fees starting at $2887 for an 18-week program.

All the courses are part-time, and feature a blend of online modules and face-to-face meetings designed to work around other work commitments. Participants can select Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth as the location for their face-to-face meetings.

Applications are open to individuals or groups of employees across all levy-paying horticultural businesses, including those in the olive industry. Anyone interested in applying for a scholarship is encouraged to complete a simple expression of interest form on the WLA website.

Two of the programs can be credited towards the internationally respected Master of Leadership through Monash University, for those looking to continue their tertiary studies.

Leadership training for women in Australian horticulture is funded by the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, with co-investment from WLA and contributions from the Australian Government.

More information and the expression of interest form can be found on the WLA website