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9/12/2013

Grape and wine businesses asked to contribute to STEM skills shortage survey

How important are science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in your business?

Now is the time to put your hand up if you think these skills help you to be competitive.

The survey, commissioned by Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb, is designed to glean insight into the way science, technology, engineering and mathematics are used by Australian businesses.

Currently, survey participation by the agricultural sector is alarmingly low, which means agricultural businesses’ needs are at risk of being underestimated or overlooked.

According to GWRDC Executive Director Stuart Thomson, ‘It is critical the grape and wine industry participates in the survey to ensure the needs of the industry are considered in future target strategies and programs.

The online survey will take around 20 minutes to complete, and is being conducted by Deloitte Access Economics. The survey — www.surveymonkey.com/s/STEMsurveylink — will be open until Friday December 13 2013.

 

Background

GWRDC invests in and directs research, development and extension (RD&E) along the whole value chain ‘from vine to glass’ to support a competitive Australian wine sector.

We collaborate with our key stakeholders to coordinate and direct our investments to best

address the sector’s RD&E priorities. GWRDC is funded by grapegrowers and winemakers, who pay levies on the annual winegrape crush, and the Australian Government, which provides matching funds.

For further information: Abbey Flanagan, Communications Coordinator. Phone: 61 8 8273 0500.

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