Supporting women in horticulture through new scholarships

Hort Innovation is working with Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) to roll out 20 targeted industry scholarships per year for the next five years.

Tania Chapman and Emma Germano, grower workshop participants.

Tania Chapman and Emma Germano, grower workshop participants.

Informed by feedback from over 20 of the industry’s leading women at a dedicated Hort Innovation workshop, the initiative provides three different scholarship opportunities for women with varying leadership experience.

Both Hort Innovation and WLA will co-contribute to the scholarship for participants, which will reduce the cost of participating by around 60 per cent.

Hort Innovation Chief Executive Officer John Lloyd said a recent Workplace Gender Equality Agency report showed that the agriculture, forestry and fishery industries are male dominated, with only 33.7%  of the workforce female.

“Low numbers of women in horticulture, combined with factors such as an ageing workforce, limited access to formal leadership training, declining interest in studying horticulture and a lack of support around post-graduate research means that it is very hard for women to progress and develop in this industry,” he said.

“This scholarship program will address these issues, and give women the tools needed to support long and profitable careers in horticulture.”

Participation in the programs will also enable women from the horticultural sector to network with women from a wide range of other sectors.

WLA Head of School Kelly Rothwell said the scholarship program is a first of its kind in Australia.

“We are extremely proud to co-invest with Hort Innovation. This is a sustained developmental project that will transform the lives of many women right throughout the industry.”

For more information and to apply, go to the Women & Leadership Australia website.