Applications are now open for the Australian Vignerons, Wine Australia and Winemakers Federation of Australia-funded Future Leaders program for 2017.
The program is suitable for those who are ready to step-up and be the next leaders in Australia’s grape and wine community and take it to future prosperity.
Over the past decade, the Future Leaders program has helped the Australian wine community prepare for the challenges of tomorrow by building today the capabilities of the next generation of leaders.
Lallemand commercial director Jason Amos, a 2015 program participant, relished the learning experience.
‘‘Future Leaders is an investment in yourself and the sector as a whole,’’ Mr Amos said.
‘‘It’s a unique opportunity to learn and understand the dynamics, the people and skills which make up our Australian grape and wine community.
‘‘Participating in the Future Leaders program gave me the tools to effectively manage change, conflict and diversity beyond my normal day-to-day role.’’
Wine Australia global knowledge and people development manager Anne Duncan is overseeing the 2017 program and said a leadership drought was one of the biggest risks the sector faced.
‘‘The international and domestic wine markets are highly competitive and that’s not going to change,’’ Ms Duncan said.
‘‘To ensure our sector’s future success we need the next generation of leaders to be ready to take us forward.
‘‘We need leaders who can be catalysts for innovation, who can adapt to the inevitable changes that our sector will face in the future, and who can drive the continual evolution of the Australian wine story, be they winemakers, grape growers, export managers or researchers,’’ she said.
■ Applications close on Monday, March 9 and applications can be made by visiting: www.winefutureleaders.com