Emerging olive industry leaders looking to take their career to the next level are invited to apply for the 2018 Masterclass in Horticultural Business program, before applications close on Monday 4 December 2017.

Described as a mini-Masters of Business Administration (MBA), the Masterclass is the first of its kind in Australia for the horticulture industry, addressing the urgent need to empower the next generation of industry leaders and equip them with the management skills needed to best position their business to meet future industry demands.

Scheduled to start on 12 February 2018, the comprehensive 10-month program combines the horticultural expertise of Hort Innovation, the University of Tasmania (UTAS), New Zealand’s Lincoln University, and the world’s leading university in agriculture and forestry, Wageningen Research Academy.

Specialised content will cover high level leadership and management skills that can immediately be put into practice. Topics include supply chain management and logistics, financial management and law, marketing and communications, international business and business development and strategy.

The course will largely be delivered online through UTAS, to give participants flexibility to balance study around other work and life commitments. Three face-to-face intensives are scheduled throughout the program to provide networking opportunities for participants and visit businesses to experience the course content in practice first-hand.

A strict maximum intake of 30 participates ensures dedicated one-to-one delivery that is tailored to each individual’s unique situation and needs.

Masterclass participants will receive an accredited Diploma in Horticultural Business from the University of Tasmania. The course also gives one year advanced standing into an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at University of Tasmania, and graduates can apply for credit into other relevant university courses.

Applications can be made via the UTAS website at http://www.utas.edu.au/land-food/masterclass-in-horticultural-business/masterclass-scholarships until Monday 4 December, 2017.

The Hort Masterclass is part of the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund, a Hort Innovation strategic partnership initiative that uses a combination of government and partner funding to address major issues facing the future of Australian horticulture for the benefit of the entire industry.

Image caption: 2017 Hort Masterclass participants taking part in a face-to-face intensive.