Murraylands Leadership Program is training the leaders of our future

Learning to lead: The group of Murraylands citizens who have taken on the Murraylands Leadership Program. Photo: Supplied.
Learning to lead: The group of Murraylands citizens who have taken on the Murraylands Leadership Program. Photo: Supplied.

A new Murraylands Leadership Program has been created as a result of a team up between the Department of Industry and Skills, Regional Development Australia and TAFE SA.

Set up as a 12-month program, the course has been designed to grow and enable the enable the next generation of community leaders, small business managers, future owners and service providers.

Part of this course is about testing and trialling what they are learning in their workplaces, sporting clubs or community groups.

Sarah Lance

With 17 participants currently undertaking the course, each of them will taught what it means to be a leader and how to communicate ideas in a unique environment such a small town or rural area.

At the end of the course each participant will gain a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management from TAFE SA.

TAFE SA’s regional manager for the Murraylands and Riverland, Sarah Lance, said that over the next 12 months they would be challenged and supported to hone their skills in making a real difference to the future of their organisations and regional communities.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing how our new leaders transfer leadership theory into practice,” she said.

“Part of this course is about testing and trialling what they are learning in their workplaces, sporting clubs or community groups.

“There could be some surprises on the cards around town.”

This program is also an opportunity for the participants to connect with key figures in their communities, enabling them to develop connections critical to being a successful leader.

Environmental consultant and course participant Sheree Bowman said she was really interested to meet the mentors and leaders that the course would expose them to.

“Already our first connection has been with Mayor Brenton Lewis, who has had such a wide variety of business and project influence in our region,” she said.

“It’s inspiring just to know where someone has come from and hear how they have focussed and directed their energy to make positive change.”

The course will expand into the Riverland.