The National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) commenced in Darwin on 21st of March 2017. The NSILP is the national leadership program funded by the Australian Government through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and is managed and facilitated by Rural Training Initiatives. The program extends throughout six calendar months and concludes in Canberra in September 2017.

NSILP is the only national industry specific leadership program for the seafood industry and has been informed and developed in consultation with and feedback from the industry. The program focuses on developing practical skills that participants can apply at a personal, business and national organisation industry level. Jill Briggs, NSILP Program Manager, Rural Training Initiatives said, “This is one of the great concepts of industry “future proofing”, what better way to guarantee a strong industry into the future than invest in new leaders. Rural Training Initiatives provides skills sessions and practical activities that enhance participant’s knowledge and confidence to lead the industry into the future.”

NSILP participants will have opportunity to network and connect with industry decision-makers throughout the program. Jill Briggs also said, “It was a very competitive selection process this year and congratulations to all the participants from across the industry and value chain. The opportunity to connect with industry leaders and network throughout the program and the many industry activities ensures that the participants will meet many of the key stakeholders of the industry. Thanks also go to the industry support we receive for the program.”

NSILP is designed for people wishing to take up leadership roles at all levels of the seafood industry – workplace supervisor through to industry representation. These roles maybe at a sector level or regional level but participants may also have national and international leadership aspirations.