GOTAFE’s National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE), in partnership with Dairy Australia (DA) hosted an Industry Celebration night in early May.
The evening celebrated the successful completion of qualifications by students along with announcing the 2016 Outstanding Student of the Year.
Local, regional and national industry representatives, including representatives from Dairy Australia and Murray Dairy also attended the event.
GOTAFE NCDE Trainer, James Goulding taught this year’s Student of the Year, Rory Shepherd from Nathalia who completed Certificate III in Agriculture - Dairy Production (AHC30210).
“Rory is a very committed and diligent student who has shown maturity beyond his years. He works on a Bio Dynamic accredited farm where he is actively applying the skills, knowledge and techniques, he has learnt on and off the job. Rory is only too happy to share with the class his experiences and only last week hosted a farm walk where he and his father gave a very in-depth presentation on how the Bio Dynamic principles work.
“We know from our industry contacts and continuing relationships with the students that Rory’s story is not unique and many of our students are furthering their careers in the dairy industry and broader agriculture.”
HW Greenham & Sons Pty Ltd, a multi-million dollar meat export business has teamed up with GOTAFE to offer a scholarship designed to encourage and support young people wanting to explore a career and training in the dairy industry but who are facing financial hardships.
For the first time, the 2017 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship was awarded as part of the event, explained GOTAFE’s NCDE Commercial Manager, Luke Prime.
The evening followed on with a panel session with four industry representatives looking at the future opportunities of the food and fibre industry.