Applications have opened for a leadership development scholarship for women in the horticulture industry. The scholarship is valued at $5470 and has been developed as a response to the 2017 gender equity insights, which reveal an 18.9 percent pay gap between men and women in the horticulture industry.

The scholarship is funded by Hort Innovations and Women & Leadership in Australia (WLA). It covers approximately 60 percent of the cost of participating in either the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program or the Executive Ready Program. Each are part time, blended courses delivered over four and seven months, respectively.  

“Women in the industry have given us feedback that they would like additional tools to empower them in what is a male dominated industry,”  said Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloy.

“On top of this, 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 field.

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

WLA Head of School, Kelly Rothwell also added that she is excited for this opportunity to support women in horticulture.

“I take great pride in the fact that 10 women from the horticulture sector are already participating in these leadership development courses,” she said.

“WLA is thrilled to be working with Hort Innovation and playing a key role in transforming the lives of many women right throughout the industry.”

Further information on the scholarship is available here. Expressions of interest will close on 27 October.

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