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Blazing a trail for agribusiness women

INCREASING THE PROFILE: AgriFood Skills Australia regional development manager Wendy Agar has organised a series of workshops for women in the agricultural sector.
INCREASING THE PROFILE: AgriFood Skills Australia regional development manager Wendy Agar has organised a series of workshops for women in the agricultural sector. Contributed

THE workshops unashamedly target women, and the industry is reaping the rewards.

A series of AgriFood Skills Australia workshops called Skilling Her Enterprise, or SHE, has paved the way for women in agribusiness.

For regional development manager Wendy Agar, the workshops target what she calls the influential decision makers, and makes no apologies for doing so.

"The workshops are clearly targeted at the women partners in agribusinesses as they are generally the office manager and are the influential decision makers, and can be seen as the conduit to shared learnings and to engaging their male partners with new ideas and possibilities for the business," she said.

The workshops are all about practical businesses, financial and management skills for women, and helps them to network.

SHE organisers originally underestimated the popularity of the workshops rolled out in the Western Downs region, and have subsequently added three more.

The workshops fall under the AgriFood National Regional Initiatives and work with employers, government and educators to invest in strategies that will boost the skills of regional workforces, with a view of increasing profit margins.

Hannaford agribusiness operator Claire Walker said the Moonie workshop gave her a renewed focus on the business.

The first sessions of the second workshop series will be held at Jandowae at the Jandowae Community and Cultural Centre on Wednesday, November 13, Warra at the Warra Memorial Hall on Thursday, November 14, and the Dalby Chamber of Commerce in Friday, November 15.

Topics:  agribusines women in agriculture