Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) are dedicated to ensuring that the Australian red meat industry remains competitive, sustainable and profitable in both national and international marketplaces. In order to achieve this goal it is essential that the professional capability of the industry be continually improved and expanded. The Red Meat Industry Professional Development Program was developed by MLA and AMPC to increase the professionalism and innovative capacity of both individuals and companies within the processing sector.
Although sometimes slow to automate in the past, the meat industry is now improving productivity and safety, through new engineering processes, particularly automation and robotics. Increasing innovation within a company will impact directly on the overall performance, profitability and competitiveness of the business, while an industry wide culture of innovation and increased professionalism will ensure that Australia can process an increased volume of red meat, while maintaining our reputation as a supplier of a high quality product which underpins the industry's global success. The Professional Development Program contained a number of initiatives which were developed to create awareness of the meat processing industry and the career opportunities available within it for young professionals, and to encourage companies to support, develop and retain tertiary educated graduates within their organisations. The program includes a:
1. Scholarship program
2. Undergraduate program
3. Final year university project program
4. Graduate program
5. Working with industry and universities