RIST (Rural Industries Skill Training) will officially open its doors to the new Terang College Campus at the old Demo Dairy site on Thursday, January 31.
Prospective students and parents can visit the college to learn about the courses on offer and register their interest in enrolling for 2019.
The college is set to showcase their Virtual Reality Learning Platform, a digital tool that provides RIST students the convenience of real-world skill training while in the classroom. An open day will also be held at the existing Hamilton campus.
RIST Open Days for January 2019 are as follows: Hamilton Campus, Wednesday, January 30, 9am–5pm, 915 Mount Napier Rd, Hamilton, Vic. Terang Campus, Thursday, January 31, 9am–5pm, 7161 Princess Highway, Vic.
The dairy co-ordinator at RIST Bec Huth has a background in owning a 600-cow farm, working for Total Livestock Genetics and Genetics Australia.
She as been involved in various dairy industry panels and initiatives, such as The People in Dairy and InCalf.
Mrs Huth has judged for the Great South Coast Dairy Awards and has developed accreditation and training programs for the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia and Dairy Australia.
“RIST is an agricultural college who are investing in dairy with the lease of the old Demo Dairy site in order to best support our students in practical training," she said.
"Our students are not only choosing a career in dairy, but are choosing practical, specific education to develop our industry for the future, and employers are increasingly investing in people and the industry for sustainability.
“From our perspective, there is a public perception of the dairy industry being full of ‘doom and gloom’, but this is really far from the case.
"The dairy industry is profitable, innovative and only continues to grow.
"RIST continues to welcome increasingly more students from Certificate II through to Diploma and Bachelor level.
“There really couldn’t be a better time for young people wanting to enter the Australian dairy industry as a career.
"RIST is committed to delivering quality training in the South West and we now have room for extra students."
Mrs Huth said she encouraged anyone thinking about upskilling to attend the newly-opened Terang College Campus to see the courses on offer.
“There is a skill shortage in the dairy industry and lots of employment opportunities," she said.
"The demand for skilled labour is extremely high, and our partner employers from industry are seeking more RIST graduates to fill jobs.
"There is a real need for hardworking people looking for a career in dairy.”
There are no entry requirements to study dairy at RIST, and no farming experience is required.
RIST also offers certificate, diploma and bachelor study in agriculture, certificate study in shearing, wool clip preparation and wool classing, ewe management courses, and a variety of short courses.