The Gary Sansom Scholarship was awarded to Ashlee for her research project on understanding factors for attracting and retaining youth in the poultry industry, a key focus of the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program, and her keen interest in contributing to the poultry industry in the long-term.
The Gary Sansom Scholarship is named in honour of AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Advisory Panel Chair and Australian Chicken Meat Federation President, Gary Sansom who passed away in March 2017.
Mr Sansom was a long-standing supporter of programs encouraging new people into the chicken meat industry and championed several communication and training initiatives vital to the industry.
Ashlee has worked for Ingham’s Enterprises as a Breeder Farm Manager, and is currently employed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia (PIRSA) as a project officer focused on planning and development of the chicken meat industry.
The scholarship will allow Ashlee to identify the causes of skills shortages and barriers to young people pursuing a career in the poultry sector.
“I’m thrilled to receive the Gary Sansom Scholarship, the industry mentorship was a huge drawcard for me as it will open doors for career progression,” said Ms Morgan.
“Australia’s chicken meat industry offers dynamic career opportunities. My project aims to boost the appeal of the industry – I want young people to get excited when I tell them about my work and see that it is a good career choice.”