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Grow Our Own is a regional partnership

Local Industry within the Riverina shares the belief that education underpins regional growth and prosperity. Working together with the management of Regional Development Australia Riverina, a partnership with local leaders from industry, education, community and government, Grow Our Own responds to changing needs of business and industry

What do we do? 

Grow Our Own

  • Bring together the expertise and experience of Business and Industry,  Local Employment, Education and Training Providers and Government agencies. 
  • Design, develop and coordinate  Riverina Careers  6 step program to Work Experience for Yr 9 students. 
  • Promotes  learning pathways to young people from school to further education.  
  • Acts as an industry coordinator for the Murrumbidgee Academy of STEM Excellence. 
  • Maintain and coordinate Riverina Industry Speaker Bank (RISB) a bank of  local industry volunteers from varied backgrounds, job roles and career pathways eager to share their knowledge with young people and teachers about their career journey,  
  • Promotes and supports settlement of early career entry work opportunities for interns and graduates in the region through the Generation STEM Industry LINKS program. 
  • Promotes and advises on financial support available to increase access to higher education for local students. 
  • Advocates for workforce issues affecting young people’s access to workforce opportunities. 

New partner organisations are welcome. Please contact Marg Couch, Regional Development Australia. 

Jobs Riverina works behind all four quadrants of our workforce development plan:

  1. Economic development and business growth, read more
  2. Country Change, read more
  3. Skilled migration, read more
  4. Grow Our Own

Grow Our Own Founding Members

Casella Family Brands Logo
Sun Rice Group Logo

2024 Members

A & G Engineering Logo
Charles Sturt University crest in white on red background with words " Three Rivers Department of Rural Health. threerivers.csu.edu.au"
Countries Universities Centre Logo
Murrumbidgee Regional High School Logo
Whitton Malt House Logo

Our Vision

  • People from the Riverina will have access to a broad choice of tertiary education courses locally through several delivery models. More young people remain in the region after finishing school, complete higher education locally and gain sustainable local employment resulting from strong connections with local employers during their schooling and tertiary education. 
  • Riverina’s employers are able to attract locally qualified workers into growth industries. Local employers have developed relationships with their future employees through coordinated and targeted local engagement. 
  • Schools, parents and young people will have a strong understanding of the Riverina labour market, and the local pathways to be able to access education and training leading to sustainable local jobs. 
  • More young people from under-represented groups have been able to access tertiary education because of scholarship support provided by local partnerships. 
  • The Riverina continues economic growth through benefitting from the increased human capital due to improved educational access.