The Australian dairy industry was among the winners at the 2015 Victorian Training Awards.
Kerrilyn Bassett, a 24 year old dairy employee from Kyabram, was awarded $10,000 and became the 2015 Victorian Trainee of the Year.
Held during National Skills Week, the Awards showcase innovation and excellence in Victoria’s TAFE and training system, with the aim to provide a strong skills base for Victoria.
Presented to a trainee who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of their training, the award for Victorian Trainee of the Year is judged across several criteria.
Kerrilyn was awarded the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE) Student of the Year for northern Victoria last year while completing a Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) at the NCDE in Shepparton.
“I started the Certificate and realized I was getting a lot out of it. I now know more about the fine details and know there’s so much involved,” she said.
Kerrilyn joined the dairy industry four years ago after working alongside her father while he manages 540 cows at Peppertree Dairy in Kyabram.
Appreciating the flexibility of studying at the NCDE and that it is close to home, Kerrilyn says being able to work full-time and study part-time is important.
The NCDE in Victoria is a partnership between GOTAFE and the dairy industry’s national services provider, Dairy Australia, to ensure Australia’s dairy regions have access to the education and training needed for the industry to become more internationally competitive, innovative and sustainable.
Kerrilyn’s favourite job on the farm is calf-rearing. She has started studying Certificate IV in Agriculture and is considering a diploma next year.
Kerrilyn will represent Victoria at the National Training Awards in Hobart in November.
First published in Leading Agriculture Issue 11