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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 81 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 ADVERTORIAL Lot Feeders’ association endorses Feedlot Training programs Over 60 trainees in both Queensland and New South Wales have been involved in TaFe NSW - New england Institute’s feedlot training during 2007. This strong support for the aLFa endorsed courses is testament to the industry’s recognition that training is an integral part of strengthening the feedlot industry’s sustainability. There are currently three courses available for trainees in feedlots: 1. Certificate III agriculture (Beef production) – designed specifically for pen riders. 2. Certificate III agriculture (Rural Operations) - Feeding and Milling stream, or Feedlot Maintenance stream. The Certificate III agriculture (Beef production) is also available as a flexibly delivered course on property. Trainees can also undertake these courses at Certificate II level. The feedlot courses have been approved by aLFa after extensive consultation, so their content is specific to the needs of the feedlot industry and its employees. Training is also available for specific areas of need such as chemical application, confined spaces, and occupational health and safety. Both trainees and employers have appreciated the willingness of TaFe NSW - New england Institute staff to deliver on site as part of a blended delivery approach, which involves some classroom time, plenty of practical demonstration and extensive paper/ digital resources. And to make information even more accessible - easy to use web conferencing is now available through the Institute’s online facilities. The pfizer Medal Winner for Workplace Skills and Training for 2007, Kenn Slade of Ravensworth Feedlot, commented on the advantages of the training. “It’s recognition for lots of years of hard work. at the end of the day, if I feel the need to step into another position, I can safety step in there. You’ve got the piece of paper and something backs it up. Just like most people with a trade, there’s a trade for us now.” For those employees with existing skills but no formal qualifications, this training offers a great opportunity to receive both recognition of skills and that all important piece of paper. You can also take your training further moving on to Certificate Iv, Diploma agriculture, and university studies. With experienced trainers who understand the feedlot and beef industry, TaFe NSW - New england Institute can give your feedlot or beef production enterprise the edge as well as take the load off you by providing professional training leading to qualified staff, inherent quality assurance improvements, and peace of mind. Rather than being an add-on, the training acts as a valuable reinforcement for your enterprise’s management and quality assurance practices. There has been such strong enquiry from other states that we have been prompted to prepare our expansion into other states in the near future, as well as further north in Queensland. So take your feedlot and beef enterprise further with training from TaFe NSW - New england Institute- Changing lives through learning. if you would like to talk about your feedlot or beef production training needs please call dianne Van Berlo, Project officer - Feedlot on 02 67 737 112 or 0428 442 078, or email firstname.lastname@example.org