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Another milestone for Muresk Institute through inaugural Diploma program

7 January 2016

Muresk Institute will notch up an important milestone this year as students undertaking the inaugural Integrated Diploma Program (Diploma of Agriculture) complete their studies.

Among them is Jemma Brown, who gained more than expected during her first year of the program.

“The course is really hands on, with the practical aspects allowing students to get out into industry and gain great experience. We can show our skills and put them to good use,” she said.

“I was four years out of school when I enrolled so I was worried about the workload of studying – I wasn’t sure what to expect, but there were no problems and there was great support from the lecturers.”

Muresk Institute is now welcoming new enrolments for the two-year Diploma. Developed in collaboration with key industry, training and education partners, including the University of Queensland’s Gatton Vocational Education Centre, the two-year program has been developed specifically for Western Australia’s farming conditions.

Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said the Diploma filled a gap in the market between certificate graduates and university degree programs.

“It will provide graduates with high level, technical skills to prepare them to work in areas such as agricultural production and management, rural merchandising, technical advisory roles, and research and development,” she said. “It will also lead graduates on a pathway directly to industry or higher education.”

For Jemma, who grew up on the family farm at Dandaragan, enrolling in the Diploma will set her on a career pathway to become an industry advisor. Her key focus has been in crop agronomy, with units allowing her to learn skills such as identifying weeds and analysing samples in the laboratory. These skills were developed further through work experience with agricultural research company, Kalyx.

More than that, the Diploma has covered other areas including animal husbandry, soil and water science, and communications. It has also given Jemma basic skills in running a farming business.

“The Diploma is a great option for anyone looking at a career in agriculture, whether it’s running a farm or establishing a consultancy service,” she said. “It’s also a good stepping stone for those people who want to continue studying.”

In addition to the Diploma, a full program of short courses will also be offered this year at Muresk Institute. Led by industry experts, courses will be presented in a range of areas such as feedlot production and nutrition, precision agriculture, farm chemical use, and the popular low stress livestock handling.

For more information on training programs delivered at Muresk Institute visit the Integrated Diploma Program page and the short course program page.

Photograph caption: With an interest in crop agronomy, Jemma Brown puts the knowledge and skills she has learned through the Integrated Diploma Program at Muresk Institute into practice during work experience at Kalyx.