Fifty-five inspiring rural women will today graduate from the leadership and professional development course provided by the NSW Department of Primary Industries Tocal College.
The Generating Regionally Outstanding Women (GROW) course is a professional development and leadership program for regional women. It works to boost the participants’ leadership, management, communication, and networking skills, as well as provide tools to improve work health and safety and staff management in their businesses.
NSW DPI Tocal College Acting Principal, Julie White said a total of 84 participants commenced in the GROW program this year, with 32 of those women attending the graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
“We’re delighted to see these current students graduate, but we also know this is only the start of their journey as rural leaders,” she said.
“One of the GROW program’s most positive outcomes is the ongoing interaction between current participants and graduates in our vibrant alumni community.
“This year our Alumni Conference was held in Tamworth. It was a great opportunity to bring current and past graduates together to network and learn from each other.
“High quality speakers covered a range of topics during the conference, including leadership, HR, WHS and mental health.
“We were also pleased to have Jo Palmer, the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award National winner and founder of Pointer Remote Roles presenting a session on remote employment opportunities.”
DPI Deputy Director General, Agriculture Kate Lorimer-Ward said Tocal College is very pleased to be a part of AgSkilled, a partnership program between industry and the NSW Government to deliver much needed training to grain and cotton producers in New South Wales.
“The GROW program is a great initiative to boost the leadership skills for regional women, Ms Lorimer-Ward said.
“I congratulate today’s inspirational graduates and acknowledge their dedication and hard work to achieve their great success.”