Ca­reer change was top choice

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Ing­ham’s em­ployee Lau­ren Davies was a beauty ther­a­pist for 7 years be­fore en­ter­ing the world of poul­try farm­ing. Her crown­ing as the 2012 Poul­try In­dus­try Trainee of the Year by the Poul­try In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand (PIANZ) proves Lau­ren’s ca­reer change was an ex­cel­lent de­ci­sion.

PIANZ awards the ti­tle ev­ery year to recog­nise the top AgITO trainee. The award was ‘‘a to­tal shock’’ to Lau­ren but high­lights her com­mit­ment and nat­u­ral abil­ity for her new ca­reer.

‘‘The poul­try in­dus­try is com­mit­ted to in­dus­try train­ing and the award is the in­dus­try’s way of recog­nis­ing that. Lau­ren’s work on the course was out­stand­ing and she is a very wor­thy win­ner,’’ Michael Brooks, PIANZ CEO, said.

Though go­ing from fa­cials to feath­ers might sound like a ma­jor change of tack, an­i­mals and farm­ing had al­ways played a part of Lau­ren’s per­sonal life.

Liv­ing on a life­style block with a range of an­i­mals, and keep­ing chick­ens, meant she has a con­nec­tion to the world of farm­ing and a fond­ness to­wards an­i­mals.

Em­ployed at the Ing­ham’s Rear­ing Farm in Mata­mata, Lau­ren be­lieves it is a pas­sion for an­i­mals, and a pas­sion for what she does that has led her to where she is.

‘‘I’m ba­si­cally the 3IC at the farm, so I work very closely with our 2IC and lead­ing hand,’’ Lau­ren said. ‘‘I’m re­spon­si­ble for health and safety at the farm too.’’

Com­plet­ing her Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Poul­try Hus­bandry (Level 3) was eye­open­ing for Lau­ren be­cause she learnt the back­ground to the busi­ness side of the farm and how it all fits to­gether.

‘‘It was a real light­bulb moment for me. I never really knew why things were done the way they were, and never really knew what man­age­ment was think­ing up in their of­fice. Man­age­ment de­ci­sions were fil­tered down to the staff but I never really knew ‘why.’ The AgITO course gave me a deeper un­der­stand­ing on why things are done how they are. Ev­ery­thing just fell into place in my mind!’’

Lau­ren be­lieves the AgITO course meant she changed her at­ti­tudes to­wards her work – both to­wards her col­leagues and the chick­ens.

‘‘The course made me re­assess why I do what I do. When you first start, you just do as you’re told. How­ever, once I com­pleted the course I started to see things for my­self, and started mak­ing sug­ges­tions,’’ she said.

‘‘I felt that I had the knowl­edge and con­fi­dence to change things. I be­lieve it’s in this way you be­gin to take on more re­spon­si­bil­ity and move up in your role.’’

In terms of her ca­reer goals, Lau­ren is very in­ter­ested in the Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Poul­try Man­age­ment (Level 4).

Rec­om­mend­ing the Level 3 hus­bandry course to oth­ers, Lau­ren said: ‘‘I wouldn’t hes­i­tate to rec­om­mend it at all.’’

AgITO Key Ac­count man­ager Mar­cus Weight said: ‘‘Lau­ren is a mo­ti­vated and passionate trainee. We’re thrilled she’s won the Poul­try In­dus­try Trainee of the Year award, and com­mend her for build­ing her knowl­edge and skills through train­ing.’’

Hon­our: Trainee of the Year Lau­ren Davies, right, with AgITO’s Tanya In­gram.

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