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Short course success for future rural youth leaders

Twenty inspired young people have participated in the first two-day short course for emerging leaders at Quercus Park, Carrick, developed in partnership with the University of Tasmania and Rural Youth Tasmania.

The course encourages and supports the next generation of rural youth leaders.

Rural Youth Tasmania is a group of people aged between 15 and 30, coming together from every corner of the State to make friends, learn new skills and work towards growing a rural Tasmania.

The two-day program, held last weekend (Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 January), involved a series of interactive workshops on a variety of topics including understanding personality types, emotional intelligence, trust and influence, communication, conflict management and managing vs leading.

A leadership panel was also included involving Neil Grose (Launceston Chamber of Commerce), Wayne Johnston (Mayor of Meander Valley Council), Sarah Lebski (tourism consultant) and Sally Darke (Chair of Tasmanian Community Fund).

Leanne Arnott, the University’s Community Engagement and Development Coordinator (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development), said the event was a success.

“The University of Tasmania and Rural Youth Tasmania have a long-standing partnership, which has allowed us to create such a unique short course offering,” she said.

“Participants were encouraged to reflect on what they had learnt from their volunteer roles within Rural Youth, which includes Agfest, and also their current jobs. The topics focused on assisting them to lead and manage diverse teams, how to build trust, how to influence and improve communications.”

Mrs Arnott said the University’s partnership with Rural Youth Tasmania over the past five years had allowed the institution to reach into Tasmania’s rural communities.

“This new course is a direct outcome of our partnership. It has allowed us to create opportunities in our local communities and ensure that Rural Youth members have the chance to be recognised for their capabilities in leadership.

“We are committed to developing skills and knowledge within the State, particularly in our regional and rural areas.”

This short course will offer pathways into an Associate Degree at the University College.

People can find out more through contacting Susie Bower from the University College – Susie.bower@utas.edu.au

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Published on: 22 Jan 2019 1:58pm