A new initiative by Western Dairy has given WA College of Agriculture – Denmark students an opportunity to meet with dairy farmers from the south-west who are keen to employee agricultural college graduates on their farms.
Year 12 students from the College were initially invited to attend an introductory session with the team from Western Dairy which provided information about the industry’s new Year 12 Graduate Dairy Placement Program. Western Dairy Executive Officer Esther Jones says, “the professional recruitment process seeks to match enthusiastic Year 12 college graduates with participating dairy farms. Successful student candidates will be offered full-time employment for one year and formal dairy training through South Regional TAFE”.
Representatives from the seven participating south-west dairy farms travelled to WACOA-Denmark on 17th June to conduct “speed interviews” with students. Both students and farmers benefited from the face-to-face “Meet the Farmers” session with students now looking to submit applications to chosen farms. Western Dairy Executive Officer Esther Jones explains that, “participating farms in the graduate placement program are required to provide best-practice employment systems, a safe working environment and positive workplace culture.” By participating in the program both trainees and farmers will be provided with support and guidance throughout the one-year trainee-ship from Western Dairy which will include training workshops and support regarding employment and career pathways.
Year 12 student Jayne Thompson is keen to apply for several positions after the “Meet the Farmers’ session. Jayne says, “working in the dairy industry is a great stepping stone into the Agriculture Industry. This program provides intensive hands-on skills and an opportunity to learn and apply knowledge while also earning an income”. Jayne who has undertaken the ATAR program during her time at the college is planning to study Animal Science at the University of New England in Armidale after gaining further industry experience.
College Principal, Kevin Osborne has welcomed the new initiative by the West Australian Dairy Industry. He said “The specialist agricultural training available at the college provides our graduating students with a range of skills and knowledge which are valued and highly sort after in the agricultural sector. The college is pleased to partner with Western Dairy and participating farms to provide this opportunity for our graduating students”.