Bright minds ex­posed to ca­reers in dairy

Dairy News Australia - - GENERATION NEXT -

STU­DENTS FROM Monash Univer­sity in Mel­bourne are part­ner­ing with pro­ces­sors to solve re­search and de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges, but also ex­pose them to the ca­reer paths in the dairy in­dus­try.

Now in its third con­sec­u­tive year, this part­ner­ship con­tin­ues to grow in reach and ap­peal with a 60% in­crease in par­tic­i­pa­tion from ma­jor dairy man­u­fac­tur­ers and stu­dents.

The part­ner­ships have been fa­cil­i­tated by the Gar­diner Foun­da­tion, and its CEO, Mary Har­ney, says the Monash In­dus­try Team Ini­tia­tive (MITI) pro­gram mo­ti­vates stu­dents to con­sider a fu­ture ca­reer in the dairy in­dus­try while strength­en­ing their prac­ti­cal skills.

“Our col­lab­o­ra­tion with Monash pro­vides in­dus­try ac­cess to young and in­no­va­tive minds while of­fer­ing stu­dents unique in­sights into a ca­reer path they may have never con­sid­ered other­wise,” Ms Har­ney said.

“The project has been a ma­jor suc­cess in bridg­ing the skills gap in the dairy in­dus­try with a num­ber of stu­dents re­turn­ing to work full-time at the or­gan­i­sa­tion where they un­der­went their MITI place­ment.”

Par­tic­i­pat­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clude Bega Cheese, Burra Foods, Fon­terra Aus­tralia, War­rnam­bool Cheese and But­ter, and for the first time Lion Dairy and Drinks, Par­malat, DataGene and Vic­to­ria’s Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Jobs, Trans­port and Re­sources (DEDJTR).

One of the 2017 MITI par­tic­i­pants, Amanda Li Chung Lum, who took part in a place­ment with Fon­terra at its Dar­num plant, de­scribed her in­volve­ment as in­valu­able.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence that I have ob­tained through the MITI pro­gram has ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Not only did I de­velop tech­ni­cal skills that are far more ad­vanced than could have been learned in any class­room, but I have built net­works in an in­dus­try that may other­wise have not been on my radar.”

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