Woolworths is giving young people from NSW the opportunity to learn the tricks of the grocery trade and see what really makes supermarkets tick.

The Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship Program aims to give young people the chance to fast track their careers with academic training and practical experience from the supermarket chain.

Run in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, the course will be held in mid-August 2009.

Now in its third year almost 60 students have already been through the program which includes tours of stores, fresh food markets and distribution centres, group work and presentations from key people within the industry including senior Woolworths’ managers.

“This is a golden opportunity for young people to gain a valuable insight into our company and to further themselves in the industry,” said Woolworths director of supermarkets Greg Foran.

“The Agricultural Business Scholarship Program is part of Woolworths’ commitment to rural Australia which includes fundraising efforts such as the recent Backing our Farmers day, the Woolworths Fresh Food Bursary and partnerships with Landcare and the Country Women’s Association,” he said.

Anyone between the ages of 20 and 30 who are either employed in the agricultural or horticultural industry or in the second or further years of study in an agricultural or horticultural faculty can apply.