The White Paper Growing Tasmanian Agriculture: Research, Development and Extension for 2050 included an action to establish a new pilot Agricultural Graduate Partnership Program within the Agricultural Systems Centre in TIA and with a specific focus on extension.
Extension Accelerator is a pilot program to fast-track the development of early career agricultural extension professionals, backed by $140 000 of Tasmanian Government funding. Industry partnership is central to the program and its success.
A framework for the pilot program has been developed and the program will be finalised in consultation with Program Partners. The flyer below provides information about the program, the framework and the benefits for Program Partners.
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We are seeking employers of agricultural graduates to be involved as Program Partners – both in the co-design of the final pilot program and as employers of participants in the pilot program itself.
There are two opportunities to become involved as a Program Partner:Stage 1 - Co-design Program Partner
Stage 1 Program Partners have the opportunity to shape the final content of the program and ensure that it meets the needs of industry, recent graduates and your business. Co-design Program Partners will be contacted by the Program Coordinator for their input and involvement at this stage does not require a substantial time commitment.
Expressions of Interest are now invited to be involved as a Co-design Program Partner in Stage 1.
This is a non-competitive process. Stage 2 - Participating Program Partner
Stage 2 Program Partners have an employee participating in the pilot program itself.
A separate process will be run to select the participants prior to comments of the program in 2020.
This will be a competitive process subject to selection criteria.
Who can submit an Expression of Interest for Stage 1?
If you are interested in participating in the co-design of the Program and then having your employee participate in the program, you should submit an expression of interest now.
If your business is, or has been, an employer of agricultural graduates but does not currently have an eligible employee, you are welcome to submit an expression of interest if you wish to be involved in the co-design of the program.
Expressions of interest are also invited from early career agricultural extension professionals with an interest in the program.
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To submit your Expression of Interest, please download and complete the above form and return it by close of business Monday 18 November 2019 by email to email@example.com or by post to:
Extension Accelerator Steering Committee
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should my business be involved?
You and your employee will benefit from a professional development program backed by $140 000 Tasmanian Government funding. The support will help fast track your new agricultural graduate and add value to your business. The opportunity will help you position your business as an employer of choice. As a Stage 1 Program Partner you will be able to shape the program to meet the needs of your business. Finally, you will have the opportunity to expand your own professional network and connections.
If I submit and Expression of Interest now, am I locked into having an employee participate in the pilot program?
No. There will be a separate process for selecting program participants with no obligation to apply.
If I submit an Expression of Interest now, is my employee guaranteed a place in the pilot program?
No. While it is anticipated that most partners in Stage 1 will go on to be full program partners who participate in Stage 2, there will be a separate process for selecting participants in the pilot. However, the selection process will give weight to early commitment and involvement in Stage 1.
What happens after I submit an Expression of Interest?
You will be contacted by the Program Coordinator to discuss the content and delivery of the program. It is anticipated that you will hear from the Program Coordinator within two weeks of applications closing.