Australian agriculture is on the cusp of remarkable opportunity. It is, however, constrained by its capacity to attract, retain and cultivate talented individuals seeking a career in agriculture.
BASF wants to change this by fostering capability, knowledge and skills in the sector. They’re seeking to kick start exciting careers for talented young people through its BASF Grow Graduate Program.
The program delivers training and development pathways for those passionate in Agriculture, giving people the tools and passion to support growers over the long-term.
Meet some of our Grow Graduates and hear about their pathway into agriculture.
Sydney, NSW local Georgia Readett completed the BASF Grow Graduate program in 2019.
“I’ve always been fascinated by farming despite growing up in metropolitan Sydney. The GROW Graduate program allowed me to experience a cross section of what the industry has to offer, working in Melbourne for my first rotation, in Longerenong, VIC and Tamworth, NSW.
Following my time at BASF’s CropSolutions Farm in Tamworth, I was offered a role as a Field Biologist and more recently a new role as a Broadacre Specialist.
A lot of the work I’ve done in my roles at BASF build on the foundational knowledge of the industry that gained from the grad program. Whether it’s been driving tractors, collecting data, writing reports or conducting assessments, I understand how these fit into the bigger picture of supporting Australian agriculture. I’d recommend a career in ag to anyone.
Silvan, VIC local James Thompson completed the BASF Grow Graduate program in 2022.
“ I grew up living next door to a cherry orchard and worked there for my first job. And then during uni I worked at Yering Station winery in the Yarra Valley, so I’ve always had a deep appreciation and interest in the industry.
When deciding what to do after my Master of Earth Science degree, I was immediately drawn to agriculture and BASF’s grad program. The diversity in industry roles allows me to combine my interest and experience in agriculture with my knowledge and academic background in math and physics.
I recently completed a rotation at BASF’s Tamworth research farm and will even get the chance to work in other industries that BASF have a presence in. I’m looking forward to seeing where the new skills I’ve gained from the program will take me in my career.