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​Practical traineeship for newest recruit

2 September 2016

Nineteen-year-old Luke Hinton from York has signed on for a 12-month traineeship, completing a Certificate III in Agriculture.

“I love working outdoors and have always wanted to work in the agricultural sector,” Luke said. “It’s practical and I like the variety, there is always something different to do.

“I would like to learn more about working with sheep in particular.”

Luke attended Cunderdin Agricultural College where he completed a Certificate II in Agriculture. He also studied general construction, mechanics and engineering.

After finishing school Luke worked for a local sheep contractor, where he helped to pregnancy test ewes. He also got involved in drenching, tagging, mulesing and tailing lambs and sheep.

“Some of the work I did with this contractor was carried out at Muresk Institute,” Luke said.

“I helped with the sire evaluation project and did some sheep work. I also fed the stock over the Christmas and Easter breaks, ran the shearing program and set up for last year’s harvest.

“When a job opening came up at Muresk Institute I applied. The traineeship is great – it means I will have a formal qualification as well as practical experience by the time I finish.”

Luke is Muresk Institute’s third agriculture trainee. The first, Ryan O’Neill, has gained a job with the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia in Katanning, while the second, Kerin Bennell, is using his experience to apply for permanent work in the agriculture sector.