TAFE Queensland is helping the growing Bundaberg agriculture industry future-proof and strengthen their businesses, after introducing a course specifically designed to upskill their next generation of leaders.

Thirty employees from eight Bundaberg agri-businesses have recently undertaken a bespoke Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (BSB42015) course, with participants studying both online and meeting once a month to complete practical workshops.

TAFE Queensland General Manager (East Coast) Ana Rodger said the training provider has worked closely with local businesses to tailor the program to the agriculture industry and ensure their employees receive the skills they need to help drive the success of their businesses well into the future.

“TAFE Queensland is committed to providing locals with the skills they need to succeed while fulfilling the training demands of our communities,” Ms Rodger said.

“The Wide Bay’s agricultural sector is thriving, with Bundaberg one of the largest producers of Queensland’s fruit and vegetables; however our consultation with industry has identified a gap in leadership and supervisor skills."

“The Bundaberg agriculture sector often needs to fill supervision roles by promoting their existing employees, and while this a great opportunity for locals, we also need to ensure they have the skills and confidence to effectively manage their staff and help lead the business that employs them to success,” she said.

According to data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2016, the value of agricultural production in Bundaberg each year is over $500 million, making it a key contributor to the region’s economy.

Ms Rodger said it was great to see local businesses really thinking about the future and investing in their employees’ skills.

“While the sector is experiencing fantastic growth, it is incredibly important for businesses to continue developing the skills of their team. Their employees are their most valuable resource — they have the power to innovate and shape a business to grow even further,” she said.

“Quality training also has the power to boost productivity and skills, which in turn can save a business plenty of time, effort and money.”

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