SEVEN Mackay region women involved in family farming businesses stepped up to the challenge this week to take on a training course at the Canegrowers Mackay building on Wood St.
The four-day business planning course was identified by Canegrowers Mackay as a training module suited to the needs of sugar industry participants funded under the Queensland Government's Rural Recovery Project.
Canegrowers Mackay's training and development manager Janice Nelson said the aim of the funding was intended to assist with up-skilling business operators in the rural sector to gain the mechanisms to better cope with adverse conditions, such as following cyclones and floods.
"This course, as well as others, makes a real difference to these operators who can then have the confidence to cope with and establish activities related to recovery in the aftermath of natural disasters," Mrs Nelson said.
She said course participants spent the day with tutor Viviene Hanrahan, from NovaSkill Training and Development putting together a business plan, and learning how to manage that plan into the future.
"This training is part of a nationally-recognised qualification," Mrs Nelson said.
"Course participants have gained the evidence they will need if they wish now to go on to a completed Diploma in Management in 2013."
A second Rural Recovery Project training course will be held later this month. The Drainage Construction and Maintenance Course will be held today and tomorrow.
For more information about where and what training is available under the Rural Recovery Program visit qritc.com.au (Queensland Rural Industry Training Council website).
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