Presented for the first time, the Visy Industries Scholarship is open to teachers currently teaching Agriculture in schools or TAFE NSW Institutes to study any aspect of Agricultural education with a special emphasis on Sustainable Agriculture.
He is planning to use the $15,000 scholarship to travel to the United States and commence the process of becoming a Certified Educator for Holistic Management®.
"Currently there are only 11 Holistic Management Certified Trainers in Australia," Mr Chapman said.
"Holistic Management training has been a major force in the development of sustainable agriculture in Australia and with increased debate on managing climate change and carbon trading there is enormous potential in the future."
Holistic Management was started by Alan Savory forty years ago when he set out to provide a new framework for making decisions, based on setting goals that encompassed environmental, personal and economic aspirations, and then making decisions about grazing land management that can be monitored to have positive outcomes for land health and productivity. Mr Savory was awarded the International Banksia Award in Australia in 2003 for his contribution to natural resource management.
Mr Chapman said that TAFE NSW has been working with Holistic Management in Australia to facilitate training throughout TAFE colleges. "Because all training must be done by Certified Educators, my vision and now opportunity to become a Certified Educator will be a great gain to Western Institute," he said.
According to TAFE NSW - Western Institute Director, Adrian Mitchell, Ian's achievement will not only be a benefit to the Institute, but the agricultural industry and local community as a whole.
"Ian's initiative and drive to provide leadership for his industry is outstanding, and an excellent example of the commitment that keeps this Institute to the fore in delivering training with significant outcomes for the community and rural economy," Mr Mitchell said.
His study tour and ‘individual learning program' will start at Albuquerque, New Mexico and include farm visits and workshops in a number of states including Montana and California. After he returns to Australia he will be assigned a mentor and work with other Certified Educators. He expects to become a fully Certified Holistic Management Educator in two years.