Bright minds exposed to careers in dairy
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.”