Applications are still being taken for the Aoraki Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Dairy Systems (Engineering Level 4) Dairy Course, which is scheduled to start in July.
The course is expected to be based in Timaru.
Two people from Waimate and Oamaru have enrolled in the course.
Oamaru course members will be provided with a free bus service to Timaru, made available by the polytechnic.
Aoraki Polytechnic chief executive Alex Cabrera said the course was new, so basing it in Timaru – at least for now -was the correct decision.
“It’s the most logical idea.
“Aoraki Polytechnic is continuing to work with local industry and will deliver programmes according to a variety of factors, including the demand for study, and the region’s educational needs at the time. The new dairy programmes are not just for Oamaru, but for the whole Aoraki region,” he said.
It was hoped the course would entice people who want to work in the dairy industry to get this qualification before they do, to give them some background in the career path they’re taking.
“The course will be important because the dairy industry is a big part of these Central South Island regions and we feel offering this course gives people the chance to study up on the dairy industry before heading into the big wide world,” Mr Cabrera said.
The polytech decided to run the course due to its strong relationship with various dairy companies.
“Aoraki Polytechnic is working with local dairy companies, including Oceania Dairy, Synlait, Westland Milk and Fonterra, on delivery options to support the learning of those both already in the industry and for those wishing to enter at their various dairy operations. It is planned that the new dairy processing qualifications will be ready to deliver in July 2015.”
The polytech’s Oamaru campus offers vocational pathways, agriculture, beauty therapy, business (including ownership, management, accounting), parenting and care of children, life skills and hospitality as courses.
By Brayden Lindsay