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Dairy Farmers in the region are set to receive a well-earned helping
hand as the result of a collaboration between TAFE NSW and Bega Cheese.
A Statement of Attainment in Relief Milking short course is being
offered in semester one at TAFE NSW Bega. The aim is to teach
job-ready skills in dairy operation to provide employees to give
farmers a break.
Australia is the fourth largest exporter of dairy products globally.
Dairy is vital to the Bega Valley, South Coast and Far South Coast,
not just for employment but for its contribution to national milk
TAFE NSW Animal Science and Agriculture Head Teacher Jennifer
O’Donnell said the short course had a proven track record among local
“There are people who completed this nine-day-course years ago and
are still working in the industry,” Ms O’Donnell said.
“You can enrol now to start the course on 15 February and could
potentially have a job in the local dairy industry by the end of the month.”
Bega Cheese and TAFE NSW work to connect participants with farmers
who need more employees.
It’s an example of how TAFE NSW works with businesses, including
Harley-Davidson, PWC, Woolworths, Cisco and Telstra to tailor training.
Brogo dairy farmer Jessica Pearce works on one of the region’s larger
farms, Sunnyside, milking 300 head.
She is progressing her career in farming. She graduated from
Certificate III in Agriculture and is looking forward to semester one,
continuing Certificate IV in Agriculture at TAFE NSW Bega.
“I love being a dairy farmer. I enjoy being outdoors, like the
flexibility and love learning. We’re always learning such a wide
variety of qualifications and skills at TAFE NSW and on the farm,” Ms
Sunnyside is a family-owned farm and while she enjoys the variety,
she is very aware of how important it is for the local dairy industry
to increase its workforce.
“There is always a need for more people to work on local farms.
Finding the time to take a break is one of the hard parts of this
industry. Local dairy farms need a mix of casual and full time employees.”
In the past the Relief Milking short course had been popular with a
mix of people, from the long-term unemployed and school leavers,
through to those looking for a couple of hours work a week to help
Participants will be taught skills in safety, milking management,
quad bike operation and electric fencing.
Bega Cheese Senior Milk Supply officer Roger Went said people want
skills. “They want to be employable and this is an industry where you
can learn a lot of different skills,” Mr Went said.
“After enrolling on or before 15 February, the following nine days
will involve a classroom session in the mornings and then out on farms
for hands-on experience each afternoon. For those who want to take
their agriculture career further, TAFE NSW Bega and TAFE Digital offer
courses in Agriculture. For more information visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.
Media contact: Adam Wright, TAFE NSW Media Officer, 4421 9895,
mobile 0466 375 552.