Burdekin’s future leaders sought

The Burdekin Shire Council is seeking future farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs to join Burdekin Future Leaders Group (BFLG).

Burdekin Shire Council Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott said BFLG was the brainchild of the Burdekin Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group (EDSAG).

“Its aim is to motivate, inspire and further develop the leadership skills of senior school students and to assist them to become the future leaders of the Burdekin Shire,” he said.

“This free program allows students the opportunity to take part in a range of activities under the guidance of existing Burdekin leaders from a variety of industries.

“They will be mentored by our EDSAG members who will prepare them to become active members of the local business community.

“Council has provided information about BLFG to all the Burdekin secondary schools as it’s important that we retain talent here to ensure the continued success and future growth of the Shire.”

Mr Scott said there would be no examinations for the program however participants were required to maintain a minimum attendance of 80 per cent across all program events.

“Modules of study will include personal development in leadership, goal setting, public speaking and networking, key industries, current, future and emerging industry trends, industry field trips, work experience and presentations,” he said.

“Participants will also work in groups with an assigned mentor to deliver a project concept at the conclusion of the program at the graduation ceremony.”

Queensland Country Credit Union Branch Sales Manager North and Far North Queensland and EDSAG Committee Member Carmel Dal Ponte will be one of the mentors working with the participants this year.

Ms Dal Ponte said BFLG was a wonderful opportunity for any young person to better understand the bigger picture and strategic directions of the Burdekin and surrounding regions.

“The opportunity to be part of a program such as this can only enhance a young person’s knowledge and improve their development for future employment opportunities,” she said.

“I have been involved in a number of similar programs throughout my career and know firsthand the benefits of being able to engage with key business people and the networking opportunities it creates for the future.

“I would highly recommend this program to any young person looking to step outside their comfort zone and improve their future employment opportunities.”

BFLG member selection will be conducted annually via a nomination and interview process for interested participants. Members will be required to attend a monthly meeting.

Applications to join BFLG close on February 12, 2016.

To find out more about the program or to collect an application form please contact Economic Development Support Officer Rebecca Love on 4783 9800 or download it here from Council’s website.

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