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Education and Training Project - Industry Training

Project Leader

Professor Steve Walkden-Brown
Phone: 02 6773 5152

About this Project

The objective for the project is twofold.

  1. To increase capacity and skills in the consulting sector to support growth and innovation in the sheep industry.
  2. To provide skills training to sheep producers to support the adoption of CRC innovations.

Building skills and capacity in the consulting sector has been identified as a high priority for the sheep industry. This project will provide consultants with opportunities for professional development through the Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Consulting course and an associated professional development program. The project will also provide consultant with skills development and training packages for on-selling to their sheep producer clients. The second component of the project is to work across the CRC research programs and ensure that research outcomes are packaged and delivered to industry in appropriate extension and training formats.


On behalf of the CRC, Project 5.2 will co-ordinate the Sheep CRC Industry Training Plan, to ensure that:

  • Adequate training is provided to consultants and producers to successfully deliver against the Commonwealth Outcomes
  • The training delivered is of an appropriate standard and quality
  • Integrated packages of genetic and management information are developed for delivery in training programs
  • Training is provided in a range of formats to cater for different learning styles
  • Collaboration with existing training providers and programs
  • Funding is leveraged from other sources; and
  • That training resources are transitioned to suitable industry organizations for continued delivery, post CRC.


The training activities range from extension activities to accredited VET level training and post graduate tertiary education. Training formats will vary from interactive face to face events to remote education and online learning using webinars and web based tools.

This project will directly manage the following training activities:

  • Delivery of the Graduate Certificate in Rural Science (Agricultural Consulting) which has been running successfully since 2009 with 117 student enrolments to date. The CRC is currently in discussions with UNE to transition the course to UNE management and support by 2014.
  • Delivery of the Professional Development Project for consultants and advisors. This project is funded by MLA and provides professional development and training to 20

     young and emerging consultants, currently working in public and private sector advisory roles.

  • Delivery of Genetics Training Initiative for the commercial sheep sector. This project will be implemented in the coming year and will deliver a network of advisors, new tools, resources and training to support the sheep industry to increase usage of ASBVs in sheep selection and breeding decisions.
  • Develop effective working relationships with Registered Training Organisations, consultants, advisors and other training providers to support the delivery of training to

     the sheep industry. The CRC has an active program of engaging with a range of training providers who deliver training to industry. This is part of the strategy for  ensuring that CRC developed training continues post the CRC.

  • Report on all industry training activities across the Sheep CRC to the Executive, Board and participants and to inform the Sheep CRC Impact Analysis.