Hersee and Watt named in AWI graduate training program


Tom Hersee

Australian Wool Innovation’s highly regarded Graduate Training Program is back in 2022 with two outstanding graduates starting an intensive eighteen-month program.

AWI acting CEO John Roberts says the program provides a thorough understanding of the wool supply chain from fibre to fashion.

“The program began in 2018 and we have had six outstanding new graduates through the program in that time.

The AWI Graduate Training Program is based primarily at the AWI office in Sydney, where the graduates gain exposure to many areas of the AWI business from on-farm and off-farm R&D through to marketing. The graduates are also given the opportunity to gain a global exposure to the wool supply chain through international rotations.

The program is aimed at graduates from a broad cross section of disciplines who have a background in or connection with the Australian wool industry. It provides them with professional training and development opportunities to further enhance their career within the industry”.

Four of the graduates who have already completed the program are still employed by AWI, in the following roles:

  • Ellie Bigwood – Industry Relations Officer (based in her native Western Australia)
  • Miles Barritt – Business Analyst, Risk & Recovery
  • Emma Murphy – Marketing & Communications Coordinator
  • George Lehmann – Project Coordinator, Training & Education

After a competitive recruitment process for the 2022 program, AWI has selected two new excellent graduates to start their journey with wool at AWI in March next year, Tom Hersee and Chris Watt.