MLA Ambassadors for the Red Meat Industry Program
Applications are now open for the 2021 Ambassadors for the Red Meat Industry Program, an intensive development opportunity which offers participants professional training in community engagement, communication through media and social media, and building trust with consumers.
Who should apply and why?
The program is ideal for anyone in the red meat supply chain who is passionate about community engagement and outreach, and are keen to build their skills in:
- COMMUNICATION: Learn how to develop content and participate in effective communication campaigns via social media, print and electronic media to share your story as well as your industry expertise.
- BUILDING TRUST: Learn how to engage with the Australian community through values-driven conversations and engagement.
- ENGAGEMENT: Learn about MLA’s community engagement activities and understand where you can participate to maximise your influence in industry promotion and discussion on best practice red meat production.
MLA’s vision is to ensure the wider Australian population outside of agriculture recognises the vital role our industry plays in food production and trusts us to deliver high value, high quality products and to feel good about eating red meat.
As a result, MLA has developed the program, which is focused on creating ambassadors who have the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage with the community across a range of activities.
The aims of the program are to:
- Develop a national network of industry champions who have the skills to engage via values-driven communication on behalf of the red meat industry.
- Build awareness and understanding of sustainable and best practice red meat production and consumption.
- Position the red meat industry as professional and progressive.
- Drive positive engagement around food production.
The program involves the following components:
- CAPACITY BUILDING AND COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP: Participate in a two-day capacity building workshop which builds skills and knowledge in communication, trust and community engagement. Workshops will be held both in-person and online, depending on travel restrictions.
- ENGAGEMENT PLANNING: Work with industry leaders to develop your own engagement plan to influence your local networks.
- MENTORING: Participate in continued engagement with MLA through the program’s alumni.
- OUTREACH: Participate in ongoing MLA outreach activities.
Participants will gain new skills to effectively communicate with consumers in red meat production, industry sustainability and best practice farming. As a result of participating in this program, you will:
- Gain insights in how the red meat industry is viewed by the Australian community.
- Understand how to put your values at the centre of communication to build trust and engage authentically on behalf of the industry.
- Develop skills to communicate via media and social media to share your story as well as your industry expertise.
- Understand how MLA engages on behalf of the red meat industry and be able to be part of these exclusive events and opportunities.
- Develop your industry networks and meet like-minded colleagues in other parts of the supply chain.
Once you have completed the program and its requirements, you will join a vibrant alumni of some of the Australian red meat industry’s top ambassadors where you can share ideas and learnings. This means you will be able to participate in online forums run by MLA especially for the alumni which will feature new information from MLA, learning from peers and discussion with special guest speakers.
Applicants for this program must:
- Be over 18 years of age.
- Be actively involved in the red meat supply chain and/or industry support roles, including grass-fed beef, grain-fed beef, sheep, goats, live export, transport, processing and brand owners.
- Be able to demonstrate a vision and commitment to the red meat industry, and how this program will benefit both them and the community.
- Be able to outline how they will use the skills developed either in their own networks or participation in MLA’s activities.
- Be willing to participate in the alumni for future learning and development opportunities.
- Be able to commit to one of the workshop date ranges below.
- Complete the online application form.
2021 workshop dates
Due to current travel restrictions, remaining workshops for 2021 will be run online. There will be two days of content delivery and a third day where participants will need to book a one-hour timeslot for media interview practice to enhance their skills.
Participants will attend one of the following workshops series below. To assist with scheduling, MLA requests you to indicate availability for these dates in the EOI:
- Workshop 1 FILLED: Oct 26-27, plus follow-up hour on Oct 28 (Tues-Thurs)
- Workshop 2: CANCELLED
- Workshop 3 FILLED: Dec 1-2, plus follow-up hour on Dec 3 (Wed-Fri)
2022 workshop dates
MLA’s 2022 workshop series is intended to be held in-person. There will be two days of content delivery and a third day where participants will need to book a one-hour timeslot for media interview practice to enhance their skills.
Participants will attend one of the following workshops series below. To assist with scheduling, MLA requests you to indicate your availability for these dates in the EOI:
- Workshop 4: 8-9 Feb, plus follow-up hour on 10 Feb (Tues-Thurs)
- Workshop 5: 8-9 Mar, plus follow-up hour on 10 Mar (Tues-Thurs)
- Workshop 6: 22-23 Mar, plus follow-up hour on 24 Mar (Tues-Thurs)
- Workshop 7: 6-7 April, plus follow-up hour on 8 April (Wed-Fri)
- Workshop 8: 25-26 May, plus follow-up hour on 27 May (Wed-Fri)
If travel is restricted due to COVID-19 border closures, workshops will be held online on the same dates.
Spaces are limited. To be considered for this program, please complete this online Expression of Interest form.
Please note, due to demand for this program, applications will only be considered from people who are able to commit to attending the two days of content delivery and the follow-up 1-hour session.
The Ambassadors for the Red Meat Industry program is an MLA initiative and is delivered by AgCommunicators with support from The Livestock Collective.