BRONTE Gorringe has always aspired to be a leader in the agricultural industry, with sponsorship to attend a renowned development program bringing her closer to her goal.

Ms Gorringe is being sponsored by the DemoDAIRY Foundation to attend the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program in May next year.

Participants are encouraged to have industry support via sponsorship. DemoDAIRY Foundation would consider supporting additional applicants.

As she forges forward with her career in agriculture, Ms Gorringe is keen to undertake formal training in leadership.

“It’s a very well-respected program,” she said.

“I’m so thankful for DemoDAIRY Foundation’s support.

“I’ve always had that drive to lead, even at school where I was school captain,” she said.

The program aims to provide participants with the tools to excel as an innovative, engaged and passionate industry and community leader.

Ms Gorringe is on the Career Advisory Panel for the Great South West Food and Fibre Council, and hopes the leadership program will assist her with additional skills for that role.

“The program will help to further develop my leadership, planning and communication skills,” she said.

“I hope it will help with my food and fibre role where we will be given the opportunity to encourage other people to understand and consider the amount of diversity in careers available in the agricultural industry and the different pathways you can follow to get into those roles.”

Ms Gorringe would also like to be more involved with school and education programs around agriculture and training and give back to the industry she is so passionate about.

“I hope the leadership course will help me to identify my strengths and weaknesses,” she said.

“I’ve been in the workforce for six years so it’s a great time to reflect on where I would like to go and what I would like to achieve.”

Ms Gorringe has recently changed jobs from being a senior agribusiness consultant for a Ballarat-based firm to an assistant agribusiness manager with ANZ in Hamilton.

The location of her previous role and her new role have been outside the dairying region, with a larger focus on broadacre cropping, sheep and beef operations.

During her school years, Ms Gorringe worked on a dairy farm and in her gap year was the assistant manager for the dairy before completing her Bachelor of Business (Agriculture).

Her connections remain strong, with her parents having a contracting business based out of Timboon. She assists with the business and continues to support customers in the dairy industry.

“The dairy industry and the people I worked for in the industry taught me a lot about responsibility, work ethic, animal husbandry and pasture management that are transferable to any agricultural operation,” she said.

“There are great things happening in agriculture at the moment, and you don’t want to miss out. There are a lot opportunities available if you look for them, reach out and talk to different people.”

DemoDAIRY Foundation’s 2022 scholarships are now open. More information can be found at demodairy.com.au/scholarships-and-grants or from DDF board member Ian Teese on 0427 358987 or itag@bigpond.com.