A vision for Tasmania’s north west region to become a leading supplier of high-quality agricultural products to Asia is behind the creation of the new Agritas Trade College in Smithton, which has recently advertised for a CEO.

Agritas Board member Paul Arnold said the new CEO will lead the vanguard of rural development in Australia and help the State’s north west to meet growing Asian demand for products such as dairy and beef.

“This is an incredible opportunity for an experienced manager, as not only does it require the launch of a new training organisation, but it also offers a chance to work hand-in-hand with the national agenda regarding Asia, while also being a key part of a new future for Tasmania’s north west,” Mr Arnold said.

“The successful applicant can anticipate the challenging yet rewarding experience of working both globally and locally.

“It’s no secret that the contracting of the forestry industry in Tasmania has been devastating for a number of regional communities, but at the same time, there is enormous opportunity to address forecast demand from Asia.

“Thanks to our unique combination of pristine natural environment and convenient location, Tasmania’s north west is strongly positioned to meet that demand.

“However, we have identified there is a need for world-leading training in the region, which is necessary to ensure we will be competitive when compared to other prospective suppliers.

“Agritas will play a crucial role in ensuring the north west community is well-positioned with the necessary skills to meet the future demand.”

It is intended that Agritas will commence offering a range of courses early next year, which will be tailored to provide Tasmanians with high quality, hands-on, practical training that will meet world’s-best industry standards.

Persons interested in the position of Agritas CEO are asked to contact Peter Murfett at Murfett Management on 0488 444 295.

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