Training Institute: Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre
Qualification: Level 3 and 4 Certificates of Agriculture and Massey University Diploma in Agriculture (Level 5)
Claire says that while she did not grow up on a farm, this did not stop her passion and interest in a dairy sector career. “Studying Agriculture at Pukekohe High School increased my interest in a career in the agriculture industry. It gave me the motivation to attend Taratahi Agricultural Training centre to further develop practical skills and knowledge.”
Claire graduated from with Level 3 and 4 Certificates of Agriculture. This gave her the practical skills to carry out day-to-day tasks on farm and helped build leadership skills. After completing the Level 4 Certificate in Agriculture, Claire started a fulltime career in dairying. She worked two seasons on-farm putting her knowledge and skills into practice and continued to develop teamwork skills.
Claire decided to further her study and completed a Diploma in Agriculture at the Central North Island Dairy Academy.
“The diploma really helped me understand more about management of a farm and staff as well as thinking about the bigger picture, instead of just knowing how to carry out daily tasks. The management side of the course has really helped me further my career goals,” says Claire.
Claire has taken on a Herd Manager role since completing the Massey University Diploma in Agriculture. In the future, she plans to manage a farm then move into equity partnerships.
“Working in the dairy sector is awesome as there are many career pathways. You can progress up the ranks to farm management with so many options along the way.
"There is nothing better than being able to produce a high quality product and be rewarded for it every day by working outdoors and building a great team environment.”