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FEBRUARY typically represents graduate intake month across larger agribusinesses engaged in the Australian red meat and livestock supply chain, and this year is no different than normal.
Quite a number of beef and sheepmeat processors, pastoral companies, larger feedlots, retailers and rural financiers and other professional service providers have formal or less structured graduate intake programs each year, recruiting ‘greenhorns’ still clutching their freshly-minted degrees.
They typically cover diverse fields including engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical and increasingly, robotics), commerce, ag science, agribusiness, food science, marketing and related fields.
A good example is a record intake of 25 recent uni graduates who joined the National Australia Bank’s agribusiness division this week.
The group, claimed to be the most diverse in the program’s 15 year history, gathered in Albury for a company induction.
The 25 university graduates joining NAB have a variety of degrees ranging from more general agribusiness through to business and finance, but all share a real, demonstrable passion for agriculture.
This year, 60 percent of the graduates are female, a jump from the average of 47pc
This year, 60 percent of the graduates are female, a jump from the average of 47pc. There’s also an international feel to this year’s intake, with three of the graduates moving to Australia from overseas to pursue a career in agricultural finance.
The record intake includes six graduates from Queensland, six from NSW, six from Victoria and Tasmania, three from South Australia and four from Western Australia.
NAB’s agribusiness general manager, Khan Horne hosted a ‘meet and greet’ event with the group at the lender’s Albury Business Banking Centre.
He said the annual intake reaffirmed NAB’s commitment to supporting growth in agribusiness across Australia.
“We see the value in long-term relationships and investing in skills and talented young people, who often work with clients over many years,” Mr Horne said.
Eleven of NAB’s 25 regional agribusiness managers across Australia have come via the company’s graduate program.
One of this year’s graduate intake group, Alyce Lang, a nominee for the Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year for the WA Farmers and Rural Bank Agricultural Award, said the program was a great opportunity to share the learning experience with other students from around Australia.
“It has been a fantastic experience to be in Albury and meet other Agribusiness graduates who come from both similar and diverse backgrounds,” she said.
“To have the opportunity to go through this learning experience together is a huge benefit and it shows that NAB are investing in young people who want to forge a career in agribusiness.”
“We all have a passion for farming; it’s where I grew up from a young age back in WA and this program is enabling students like me to follow this pathway long-term.”
NAB Agribusiness has been recruiting graduates since 2001. The application criteria requires the individuals to have a degree in agriculture, business or finance, and a passion for agriculture.
“As Australia’s biggest agribusiness bank, we partner with our farmers to support their business goals, and we do this by investing in our people,” Mr Horne said.
“This group of graduates is ready, willing and able to join them, and contribute to the rural communities they’ll be living in.”