Vegetable Industry Education & Training Gap Analysis

Hort Innovation

RMCG was engaged by Hort Innovation to undertake a gap analysis of education and training for the Australian vegetable industry (VG14061). The study included a review of education, training and learning in agriculture and the potential impact of training and education on profitability. Findings from this study were then tested and validated through consultation with industry stakeholders.

The gap analysis identified the improvements in formal training and the importance of tailoring training to the needs of specific groupings within the industry, opposed to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. The ‘producer driven’ approach was highlighted as key to a successful training initiative. The recommended initiative approach provided industry, including producers, groups and training providers with the opportunity to submit proposals (training plans) to meet their specific needs and that of their staff. The most important attributes of training delivery and content for the vegetable industry are relevance, ease of access, responsiveness and flexibility. To facilitate this approach to training, it was recommended that a central, industry-owned national coordination role be established.

The full report for this project can be found here

Following the gap analysis, the vegetable industry training initiative VegPRO was created by Hort Innovation, and is being delivered by RMCG and AHR. For more information on the initiative visit or contact Sophie Lapsley, on


Dr Doris Blaesing

Dr Doris Blaesing


Dipl.Ing.Agr., Dr.rer.hort.

Doris has extensive experience in agricultural business development, resource management and R&D. She has a good understanding of agricultural production systems and supply chains. Her strengths are strategy and concept development, innovative thinking, problem solving, multi-disciplinary project management and communication on all levels with a broad range of people. Doris worked in public and private research, education, export and agribusinesses.

Adrian Kennelly

Adrian Kennelly


B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), M.Ag.Sci., CPAg.

Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience in agricultural business and natural resource management research, policy, education and extension.  He is a specialist farm business management adviser, who consults to medium to large scale private farmers, agribusiness investors, agricultural industry groups and government agencies.  Adrian has specific skills and experience in strategic planning, business analysis, facilitation, and training and education in rural Australia.  Most recently he led the loss assessment for the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions and is the sole accredited deliverer of BusinessEDGE in Victoria and Tasmania.

Donna Lucas

Donna Lucas

Senior Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Hons)

Donna is an agricultural consultant with experience in research, extension, farm business management and evaluation. She enjoys working with groups or individual businesses to solve problems, support decision-making and put research into practice. Donna has worked in accounting and has strong analytical and project management skills. She is also actively involved in The Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN).