Horticulture growers need to have input into workforce plan

GROWCOM wants to hear from all Queensland horticulture growers about what skills and knowledge are needed to ensure the industry is competitive, innovative and resilient, now and into the future.

A series of regional consultation meetings is being held throughout the state to give growers and regional producer groups the opportunity to have their say.

The State Government has allocated resources specifically to implement actions that will help improve the capacity of the horticulture industry to acquire skills and knowledge.

We need growers to tell us what training they want for their workers, supervisors/managers and for themselves so that funding can be directed towards delivering practical outcomes in their region.

Growcom will use the information provided by growers to prepare the 2013 Queensland Horticulture Workforce Development Plan that will advise the State Government of the best way forward.

Meetings will be held at St George, Gatton and Stanthorpe early next month.

Growers wishing to attend a meeting should RSVP by ringing Growcom reception on Freecall 1800 654 222.

Our aim is to consult with growers face to face but as a second best option, there is a survey running on the internet until December 3 with the chance to win an iPad mini. Visit surveymonkey.com/s/ Z8QPR55

Topics:  alex livingstone, columns, growcom, horiticulture

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