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Registrations now open for the 2007-08 Wine Industry Leadership Program

Registrations for the second year of the highly successful Wine Industry Leadership Program are now open to all members of the wine industry. Places in the course are already filling fast with registrations coming from people of all ages and from all sectors of the industry including grapegrowing, winemaking, management, cellar-door, administration and marketing. Cynthia Mahoney, senior wine industry project officer from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries said, “Interested wine industry personnel are encouraged to register for the course as soon as possible as places are limited and demand is high."

Course dates: Macclesfield, SA — 12–13 November 2007 (Day 3 — April/May 2008) Tanunda, SA – 14–15 November 2007 (Day 3 — April/May 2008) Margaret River, WA – 19–20 November 2007 (Day 3 — April/May 2008) The course program has been developed through comprehensive industry consultation and runs for three full days. Days one and two are held consecutively with day three held three to four months later. The course provides learning and development in a range of areas including building an effective network, assertive communication, teamwork, effective decision-making, handling conflict, understanding industry structure and managing projects. Graduates from the 2006–07 courses have implemented significant changes in the following areas – improved work/life balance through more effective communication and delegation; restructure of the business to fully utilise team skills; effective outsourcing of management areas of the business; review and rationalisation of business components; improved teamwork processes and dealing with difficult people with more self-knowledge. Program facilitator Jill Briggs believes that the current difficult industry climate requires new skills and knowledge. “The Wine Industry Leadership Program is specifically designed to ensure that participants have opportunity to spend time developing skills and knowledge in areas that are of interest to them. So although the program has set skill development sessions there are many opportunities for participants to set their own personal goals to implement,” Briggs said. The Wine Industry Leadership Program is funded through the Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation, the Victorian Government — Department of Primary Industries and Farmbis. To register download a registration form at www.dpi.vic.gov.au/wineindustryleadership or contact the project team — Jill Briggs, Rural Training Initiatives, or +612 6035 7284 or Cynthia Mahoney, DPI, or 0419 314 037.

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