A NEW initiative by Western Dairy has given WA College of Agriculture – Denmark students an opportunity to meet with dairy farmers from the southwest who are keen to employee college graduates.
Year 12 students from the college were 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 said 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,” she said.
Representatives from the seven participating southwest dairy farms travelled to Denmark agricultural college on June 17 to conduct ‘speed interviews’ with students.
Both students and farmers benefitted from the face-to-face Meet the Farmers session with students now looking to submit applications to chosen farms.
Year 12 student Jayne Thompson is keen to apply for several positions after the Meet the Farmers session. She said working in the dairy industry was 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,” she said.
College Principal Kevin Osborne has welcomed the new initiative by the West Australian dairy industry.
“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,” he said.