GIPPSDAIRY has welcomed Federation Training’s announcement that it will offer dairy industry training programs in Gippsland during 2018.
The announcement will provide certainty to former GOTAFE students after GOTAFE recently closed its Warragul and Leongatha campuses.
GippsDairy regional manager Allan Cameron said anyone who had been enrolled in GOTAFE courses in 2018 would be able to complete their studies with Federation Training.
Mr Cameron said GippsDairy and Dairy Australia are working with other Registered Training Organisations in the Gippsland area to further bolster the training options available to locals working in dairy.
“With Federation Training locked in as a training provider for 2018, we can now work with all local Registered Training Organisations towards building on existing programs and developing new training initiatives to grow the capability of everyone in Gippsland’s dairy sector,” Mr Cameron said.
Federation Training’s executive director, Strategic Engagement, Tim Weight, said the institute had the infrastructure and processes in place to offer a seamless transition for students presently enrolled in GOTAFE courses.
“We are delighted that Federation Training is helping to honour the original commitment to these existing agricultural and dairy students to enable them to complete their studies,” Mr Weight said.
“Federation Training is the local TAFE; we are fully committed to Gippsland and we are very keen to work with our agriculture and dairy industry connections to identify the future student training needs in the region.”
Longwarry dairy farmer and chair of the Dairy Industry People Development Council, John Versteden, said last week’s announcement was good news for the local dairy industry.
“Like every dairy region, Gippsland has its own unique challenges and opportunities and having a stronger local training network will mean our local dairy industry is better skilled to meet those challenges,” Mr Versteden said.
The changes in the training sector follow Dairy Australia last year announcing a new industry training framework to create local provider networks in each of the country’s eight dairy regions.
Dairy Australia program manager Shane Hellwege said industry training was an important component of Dairy Australia’s work to help dairy farm businesses reach their full potential.
“These programs carry enormous benefits for Gippsland, where dairy is such an important part of the local economy.”
“The involvement of GippsDairy in customising the local delivery of education and training ensures that these activities meet specific local needs and that’s good news for local farmers.”