Every year there are thousands of opportunities to work and volunteer on farming properties around the country.
But maybe you have never had the chance to work on a farm and have no experience.
Well South West TAFE at Warrnambool in Victoria have designed a unique program designed to give you the skills and knowledge to apply for farm positions.
I haven’t done it but it sounds fantastic.
They have designed it just for you! It sounds more like an event than a course!
Firstly, it’s all hands-on training over eight days in:
- caring for and handling stock
- managing water supply
- operating quad bikes
- front end loaders, and
- general farm machinery.
And because they know you are grey nomads they’ve arranged a fab accommodation deal at the nearby Hopkins River Holiday Park. They have even arranged some group evening activities for you an your fellow program attendees.
Some of the things you should expect to learn:
- Learn how to monitor and assess the health of livestock including the use of specialised animal health medications and keeping of records
- Understand and get experience in moving and drafting livestock with minimum stress and risk to livestock and handlers
- Inspecting and servicing watering points on property is often a daily job. (You have probably seen many ads on Grey Nomads jobs for Bore Runners). Learn how to identify any issues and what to do about them using safe working procedures
- Learn how to safely operate and maintain common farm equipment including pre-operational checks and shut down procedures following manufacturer’s directions
- Understand the process to maintain and operate quad bikes safely
- Learn to safely operate a tractor and front end loader safely including pre- operational checks and common usage
- The farm working environment has specific risks quite different to many workplaces. Learn to recognise hazards and use, clean and store common safety equipment and follow safe working procedures.
The first courses starts on the 16 November 2015 and I believe there are still a few spots available.
It will be run again in February, March and April in 2016.
Go to the info page for more information or call Karen Wales on 03 5564 8509.
And make sure you report back to tell us all how it went.