Ross Manthorpe - Education and Training Adviser
Waite Campus, Hartley Grove
Building 11b, Gate 2C
University of Adelaide
Urrbrae SA 5064
PO Box 13
Highgate SA 5063
Phone: 08 8121 7954 - 0409 676 694 - email@example.com
Sundrop Farms greenhouse development promises 200 jobs, 15,000 tonnes of tomatoes each year
Ross was invited to Sundrop Farms in Port Augusta recently to participate in workforce and training planning discussions for a proposed new greenhouse development near Port Augusta.
Sundrop Farms is building a 20 hectare greenhouse facility which will produce over 15,000 tonnes of tomatoes a year for metropolitan markets across Australia. The project should be completed by mid-2015 and when fully operational will employ about 200 people.
The construction phase will provide substantial opportunities for local and state-based businesses. Sundrop Farms website
The Sundrop Farms System™ will use solar energy to desalinate seawater, relying mainly on renewable inputs and allowing food to be grown in regions usually considered not suitable for agriculture, the system creates a high quality, tasty product.
Sundrop Farms founder and CEO, Philipp Saumweber, said, “We have now completed a highly successful commercial trial of our system in Port Augusta and have received positive feedback from national customers.
Sundrop Farms and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation have announced in-principle agreement for CEFC to co-finance the development. It will use solar-thermal technology to desalinate seawater to provide irrigation, and to heat and cool the greenhouses.
The corporation's CEO, Oliver Yates said they were pleased to be helping to catalyse finance for this exciting project.
"It is an example of the types of applications to which the clean energy technology can be applied to transform the Australian economy and create new industries in regional areas," Mr Yates said.
"Once implemented, this project would be a worldwide demonstration of sustainable horticulture practices that address growing food security, water and clean energy challenges." See full media release
'Skills for All'
'Skills for All' is a South Australian government initiative that encourages more people to enter training, complete that training and gain employment.
Funding is available for courses from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma levels. Course fees are significantly reduced due to the Government funding, removing the financial barrier that many people face.
The list of courses available under 'Skills for All' is regularly updated to ensure they support the state’s priorities, meet industry needs and give those people trained the opportunity for employment.
Individuals need to meet course entry requirements and verify their eligibility with the 'Skills for All' Training Provider of their choice before being enrolled in a government funded training place.
Qualifications at certificate level I and II are fully funded, which means there are no course fees (there may be some incidental fees).
Qualifications at certificate III level and above and skill sets are partly government funded and students will be expected to pay a course fee as well as any relevant incidental fees unless the course is identified as a priority course. Priority courses are in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses, from Certificate III level up to Advanced Diploma level, which have been identified for their strategic importance to the state.
Funded Training List
Since its inception in 2012 the South Australia 'Skills for All' Funded Training List has undergone many revisions.
The current version - 7.1 (4 November) of the Funded Training List - shows that funding and fee provisions remain unchanged for many of the courses in agriculture, horticulture and conservation and land management.
Registered Training Organisations, Group Training Organisations and prospective employers are invited to contact Ross, who is keen to hear about any developing opportunities or threats to training access, particularly in relation to the AHC10 Training package: firstname.lastname@example.org
Role of Education and Training Advisers
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