Thursday, 22 July 2021 10:55

Industry awards trainee category facing changes

Written by  Staff Reporters
2021 National Dairy Trainee finalists after their final day of judging, before heading off on the study tour. 2021 National Dairy Trainee finalists after their final day of judging, before heading off on the study tour.

Changes have been announced to the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards programme.

The Dairy Trainee category has undergone major changes - the age range is now 18 years to 30 years - with a maximum of three years' experience from the age of 18.

The online entry form has also been simplified.

Additional conditions for visa entrants have been removed with no minimum length of time in New Zealand required.

The modifications to the Dairy Trainee age range recognises that traditional pathways into the dairy industry have altered.

"According to Primary ITO, the average age of a dairy trainee is now 32 years and we are seeing many career changers joining the ranks," says NZDIA general manager Robin Congdon.

"These changes acknowledge the awards programme as a learning platform which recognises trainees' achievements, drives personal development, allows them to grow industry networks, and use the programe to develop skilles along the way."

NZDIA executive dairy trainee member Raewyn Hills says there was a strong desire to enhance the judging to be more educational, fun and engaging.

"We have revamped the process and the preliminary round will have a Skills Day with a practical focus, which will appeal to all," she says.

"We will also give on-the-spot feedback and training on how to complete the practical tasks on the day meaning entrants will come away having leant something rather than just judged."

The new format will also allow more trainees to go through the programme in less time, which means less pressure on volunteer regional teams and judges.

The preliminary round of practical judging will produce six Dairy Trainee finalists from each region, who will progress to a face-to-face interview round, which also include a large verbal practical element to assess general farming knowledge.

"This is invaluable experience for the trainees and develops their communication and interview skills," says Hills.

Regional winners will continue to the national programme, which includes a study tour, practical testing, and the National Awards dinner.

"There is a real buzz about the changes," she says. "We feel they will reinvigorate an already fun experience and our regional teams and judges are excited to get the 2022 programme underway."

The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda, LIC, Meridian Energy and Ravensdown, along with industry partner DairyNZ.

Registrations of Interest for the 2022 awards can be made via: www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz with entries opening on October 1.

More like this

DeLaval back as key sponsor

Entries for the 2022 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA) open October 1. Organisers say planning is well underway with national sponsors continuing to back the programme. DeLaval has renewed its sponsorship for the next three years.

National

Plan makes co-op competitive

Fonterra's proposed capital structure will allow the co-operative to compete with other processors based on its milk price and overall…

Elite herd offered online

An elite Southland Friesian herd is set to become the biggest single livestock offering sold online so far.

Machinery & Products

Solution for rowdy cattle

Having walked away with a Fieldays Innovation Award and a useful cheque back in June, Springarm Products has recently signed…

Next generation swathers

Claas' latest generation of seven, dual-rotor central LINER swathers are said to offer numerous innovative features and functions to ensure…

Below ground fert server

Bavarian fertiliser spreader manufacturer Rauch is testing a prototype unit for depositing fertiliser in row crops to depths of 10…

Press screw separator

Probably best known for its chopping units that form an integral part of many manufacturers’ umbilical effluent spreading and injection…

Hydrogen power to cut emissions

While the automobile industry heads full tilt down the electrification route, heavier industries such as trucking and construction appear to…

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Seaweed saviour

OPINION: Scientists in Ireland are going underwater to solve their dairy sector’s methane conundrum.

Due recognition

OPINION: National's new leader Christopher Luxon’s first speech after his elevation to the top job included one important line about…

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter