Boosting the resumes of primary producers Riverland primary producers will soon be able to give their resumes a much needed boost with the help of a new training program aimed at recognising their existing skills. The Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) program will give producers recognition for the skills they already have with the aim of strengthening employment opportunities in the region. Jointly supported by the Riverland Development Corporation, FarmBis and the State Government‟s SA Works in the Regions, the community led initiative will give producers formal recognition for their skills, which may assist them to obtain work. Coordinator of the program and FarmBis RPL Networker, John Chase says given the effects of drought there is real demand within the region to strengthen the skills capacity of producers. “In our community there are so many people who have a large range of skills but no formal qualifications for them,” Mr Chase said. “Many producers say „I‟m JUST a farmer‟ but in fact they are a lot more – they are small business managers, financial planners and horticulturists. “This program will give these people the recognition they deserve and improve their employability status.” Mr Chase says the program involves a local RPL assessment officer sitting down with a producer and conducting a skills analysis audit to firstly see what skills they already have, before identifying what qualifications they may be eligible for. “We can link and map a producer‟s already existing skills with a qualification and or certificate, which they can then add to their resume,” he said. “We will also identify what areas producers may need to do more training in to help them in their career path and get where they want to go.” The RPL program is available to all primary producers, with FarmBis supporting up to 65% of the costs. Up to seven new RPL assessment officers will be recruited over the next month to help facilitate the program. People interested in becoming an assessment officer are encouraged to call John Chase on 8582 2270. For more information about the program, including how to enrol call 8582 2270. Media contact: John Chase, FarmBis RPL Networker, 0419 848 672.
publications for sale
Almond Production Manual University of California, USA (1996) Provides information on all stages of almond production, from planting and developing new orchards to managing bearing orchards and harvesting and handling crops. Written by more than 50 UC experts, the manuals information is practical and suited to field application. Includes more than 80 colour photos. $37.50 (incl GST)
Integrated Pest Management for Almonds—2nd Edition University of California, USA (2002) Covering 120 different pest problems including diseases, insects and mites, nematodes, vertebrate pests and weeds. You‟ll find revised sections on navel orangeworm and peach twig borer along with revised and updated tables on susceptibility of rootstocks and scion cultivars to major pests. Illustrated with 259 photos, 69 line drawings and tables and a detailed index. $40.00 (incl GST)
Australian Nutgrower Magazine Annual Subscription "Australian Nutgrower" is the journal of the Australian Nut Industry Council Ltd (ANIC), which represents the seven nut industries in Australia. It is published quarterly in March, June, September and December and has a full colour cover and 52 pages of nut industry news, research summaries, interviews, updates from overseas research and advertising. $66.00 (incl GST)
Introduction to Commercial Almond Growing F.J Gathercole, SARDI - Loxton, Australia, (1998) A basic introduction to Almond varieties, cultural practices, growing and soil requirements.
(Free to Almond R&D Levy Payers)
Hardcopy $22.00 (incl GST) CD ROM $15.00 (incl GST)
Updated Almond Industry Pest & Disease Spray Guide Dr Prue McMichael and Lucy Pumpa The industry’s recently updated pest & disease guide has been facilitated by HAL (Horticulture Australia Limited) in partnership with the ABA. This Guide provides information on almond pests and diseases that can be managed and monitored by orchard managers.
Hardcopy $12.00 (incl GST) CD ROM $10.00 (incl GST)
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