Victoria Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes
New App Milking The Opportunities In Our Dairy Industry
Victor P Taffa
Recently hired dairy industry workers will be able to learn the skills and knowledge needed in their new field in an easier way, with the launch of an app supported by the Victorian Government’s Agriculture Workforce Plan.
Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the updated Dairy Passport app developed by Dairy Australia, which is now available on desktop, iPhone and Android devices.
“Our agricultural sector is full of exciting and interesting jobs new dairy industry employees could find this is the job of their dreams that’s why we’re backing initiatives like this to make the introduction to the job as smooth as possible.” Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes said.
“Fundamental skills and knowledge that Dairy Passport training offers creates a solid foundation for a successful career in dairy, providing help and advice for both farmers and employees.”
Dairy Passport provides coaching guides, learning modules and support resources as employees are inducted over their first 90 days on the job. Victorian dairy farmers will also have access to a capability coach to provide additional training support.
App provides an easier way for employers looking to quickly and safely develop workers’ skills, while providing the knowledge and capabilities needed for on-farm roles. Topics covered include farm safety, animal handling and essential tasks such as milking.
App has been developed as part of the broader Pathways for People in Dairy Program. As well as Dairy Passport, the program includes an online experience allowing jobseekers interested in dairy to virtually explore and prepare for a career in the industry.
“Victorian Government’s support has enabled us to rapidly develop new induction and training resources for Dairy Passport, designed to help farmers safely employ newcomers to the industry at short notice.” Dairy Australia Managing Director David Nation said.
Dairy Australia’s development of Dairy Passport has been supported by $715,000 from the Victorian Government, under the Agriculture Workforce Plan.
Plan is providing targeted support to agriculture, food processing and critical food supply chain businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.