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Survey into skills project

By Country News

NSW grain and cotton growers are being encouraged to have their say in a statewide survey to gather critical information about the impact of the AgSkilled initiative in meeting the training needs of their respective industries.

AgSkilled is a $14.7million, three-year NSW Government-funded, industry-led workforce development strategy, aimed at ensuring the state’s cotton and grains industries have a skilled workforce capable of meeting future challenges.

Developed in consultation with Cotton Australia and the Grains Research Development and Corporation, the AgSkilled project has been involved in assessing and providing vocational training for those working at a farm level.

To date, the AgSkilled strategy has delivered training to more than 3000 people, across more than 100 locations covering topics such as advanced chemical training, precision agriculture, leadership, professional development, governance, drones in agriculture and a range of safety courses.

AgSkilled project officer Claudia Vicary said the program was now past the midway mark in terms of its initial funding, so those involved in the grains and cotton industries were being asked to complete a short survey to provide feedback on the impact and value of this unique project, and suggest any areas for improvement to ensure the remaining 12 months continue to deliver for industry.

‘‘This program is the first of its kind, so we are keen to understand how industry feels we are tracking and if there are any areas we need to address,’’ Ms Vicary said.

‘‘This information will contribute towards an independent mid-term review of the AgSkilled program.’’

■To have your say, visit: https://bit.ly/2xX9rrv