Dairy Traineeships


Dairy Traineeships



Certificate III Agriculture (Dairy Production)

A great way to educate your staff

Western Dairy is proud to collaborate

with Great Southern Institute of

Technology and the National Centre

for Dairy Education Australia, to offer

quality dairy traineeships to the

WA dairy industry.

If you need assistance in arranging a dairy traineeship, contact

Western Dairy’s Dairy Industry

Development Specialist

Rob LaGrange

Tel 08 9780 6294; 0448 939 344

E: rob@westerndairy.com.au

Funded by

Dairy Australia

and your

dairy service




Four steps to securing a

traineeship for your business

1. Contact Rob LaGrange at Western Dairy. This helps industry to maintain

a register of active trainees so we can foster group training relationships

and also offer assistance to the training procedures.

2. Rob will then encourage you to contact an Apprenticeship Centre.

They will check your eligibility and ‘sign you up’ for a traineeship.

3. You will be asked to nominate a training provider – and we recommend

you nominate our partner, the Great Southern Institute of Technology

(GSIT) as this is the only nationally accredited dairy training provider

endorsed by Dairy Australia.

4. The Apprenticeships Centre will contact GSIT, who in turn will contact

you to arrange the training, enrol your trainee and organise the

training fees – after which, GSIT dairy trainer Jay Rowles will guide

your trainee through the learning pathways.

Note: Western Dairy recommends that all dairy farm businesses with

a trainee participate in the industry People in Dairy program

(see www.thepeopleindairy.org.au) to optimise their skills and systems

involved in hosting and training a trainee.

What is a Dairy traineeship?

Dairy traineeships are employment-based training arrangements run for

approximately 12 months that offer practical on farm work experience and

training provided by the employer/supervisor; and a nationally recognised dairy

qualification on successful completion, e.g. Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy).

How a Traineeship works

• Trainees are employees and are paid by their employer during training.

• Government financial incentive payments may be paid to eligible employers.

• Tuition fees are paid by WA trainees to GSIT.

Dairy trainees may be eligible for a ‘tool’ allowance and possibly a living

away from home allowance.

The most important thing about

taking on a trainee

• Is to understand that the on-the-job component of the training is actually

done by you, the farmer. The GSIT provides structure and guidance to

that training, checks that your trainee has attained the necessary levels

of competency and formally recognises the skills that you have taught.

• Is also to acknowledge the importance of off-farm group training

facilitated by GSIT and to allow time and scheduling for your trainee to

participate in scheduled training events.

Roles and Responsibilities

These are the roles and responsibilities that need to be fulfilled by both the

employer and the trainee.


• Ensure appropriate on-the-job training is delivered.

• Ensure a supportive work environment.

• Help trainees develop competencies/skills specified in the training plan.

• Ensure competent person(s) supervise trainee at all times.

• Provide appropriate facilities for training.

• Release trainee for any off-the-job training as required in training plan.

• Ensure trainee has ongoing and stable employment for the nominal

training period.

• Observe appropriate industrial relation provisions, including that trainees

must be paid for all training time at the same rate as normal work hours.

• Ensure a record of evidence is completed by the trainee as proof of the

skills they have learnt and practised on the job.


• Cooperate with the employer to achieve the desired training outcomes.

• Attend any off-the-job, external or on-the-job training as required.

• Apply themselves to the agreed training plan.

• Complete all work set by the registered training provider.

• Keep record of achievements both at work and training.

How do I find a Trainee?

Your trainee could be a school leaver, Agricultural College graduate,

family member, have previous employment experience or in some

cases could even be a current employee.

What does it cost?

Trainees must be paid at least award wages including minimum

conditions of employment; see www.commerce.wa.gov.au or call

Wageline on 1300 655 266. Trainees pay normal tuition fees to GSIT.

Are there any financial benefits?

Employers may be eligible for a range of Government financial incentive

payments. Check with your Apprenticeship Centre ot find out which ones

apply to you and your trainee.

Certificate III in Agriculture

(Dairy Production) Course Outline

AHC Unit Code

AHC Unit Title

AHC30210 Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)



Choose 1 unit from 3 below:



Milk livestock

Operate Tractors

Operate quad bikes (Option 1) OR

Operate two wheel motor bikes (Option 2) OR

AHCMOM211A Operate side by side utility (Option 3)














Choose 1 unit from 2 below:


Contribute to OHS processes

Establish pastures and crops for livestock production

Coordinate milking operations

Implement animal health control programs

Implement feeding plans for livestock

Rear newborn and young livestock

Implement procedures for calving

Prepare and apply chemicals

Transport, handle and store chemicals

Plan and construct an electric fence

Respond to emergencies

Operate a dairy recycling system

Maintain livestock water supplies

Operate gravity fed irrigation systems (Option 1) OR

AHCIRG305A Operate pressurised irrigation systems (Option 2)




Choose 1 unit from 3 below:



Implement a plant nutrition program

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable

work practices

Conserve forage

Coordinate artificial insemination and fertility management

of livestock (Option 1) OR

Prepare for and implement natural mating of livestock

(Option 2) OR

AHCAIS303A Artificially inseminate livestock (Option 3)

Available from July 2012 onwards with GSIT

Unit Status for NCDEA Qualification

Unit Nos

NCDEA Co-requisites 1

NCDEA Co-requisites 2

NCDEA Core & Co-requisities 3

Training Package Qualification Core 4

Training Package Qualification Core 5

Training Package Qualification Core 6

Training Package Qualification Core 7

Training Package Qualification Core 8

Training Package Qualification Core 9

Training Package Qualification Core 10

Training Package Qualification Core 11

Training Package Qualification Core 12

Training Package Qualification Core 13

Training Package Qualification Core 14

NCDEA Core 15

NCDEA Core 16

NCDEA recommended Elective 17





NCDEA endorsed certificate requires (in addition to key core units) completion of

AHCMOM 201 & 202, AHCMOM 212 & 201A, AHCDRY 302A, AHCLSK 305A and

recommends AHCIRG304A or 305A elective.

Key contacts for securing a

traineeship within your business:

Rob LaGrange

Western Dairy

Tel: 08 9780 6294; 0448 939 344

E: rob@westerndairy.com.au

Neil Binning

Great Southern Institute of Technology

Tel: 08 9892 7580; 0417 951 729

E: Neil.Binning@gsinstitute.wa.edu.au

CCI Apprenticeship

Solutions Bunbury:

1800 224 224; 08 9791 5399

The Apprentice and Traineeship

Company Bunbury:

1800 627 188; 08 9791 4075

The Apprentice and Traineeship

Company Albany:

1800 627 188; 08 9841 7740

CCI Apprenticeship

Solutions Albany:

1800 224 224; 08 9841 1081

Thankyou for your interest in seeking or securing a trainee

for your business. Your commitment to a traineeship builds a

well-trained, capable, best-practise dairy workforce for the

future and proves that ‘cows really do create careers’!

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