Dairy industry combats skills gap & tertiary students provided invaluable experience via university collaboration

June 27 2017

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has joined forces with Monash University to combat a skills gap in the dairy industry through the Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI) by partnering multidisciplinary student teams with leading dairy manufacturing companies to solve research and development challenges. 

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DAIRY INDUSTRY COMBATS SKILLS GAP & TERTIARY STUDENTS PROVIDED INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE VIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has joined forces with Monash University to combat a skills gap in the dairy industry through the Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI) by partnering multidisciplinary student teams with leading dairy manufacturing companies to solve research and development challenges.

Now in its third consecutive year, this partnership continues to grow in reach and appeal with a 60 per cent increase in participation from major dairy manufacturers and students.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Mary Harney, has explained that the MITI program motivates students to consider a future career in the dairy industry while strengthening their practical skills.

As part of our commitment to investing in the vibrant future of the dairy industry, we have collaborated with Monash University for the past three years to provide industry access to young and innovative minds while offering students unique insights into a career path they may have never considered otherwise.

We are proud to report that the project has been a major success in bridging the skills gap in the dairy industry with a number of students returning to work full-time at the organisation where they underwent their MITI placement,” said Ms Harney.

Participating manufacturers include Bega Cheese, Burra Foods, Fonterra Australia, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, and for the first time Lion Dairy and Drinks, Parmalat, DataGene and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).

One of the 2017 MITI participants, Amanda Li Chung Lum of the Fonterra Australia, Darnum placement, has described her takeaways from the MITI program as invaluable.

The experience that I have obtained through the MITI program has exceeded my expectations. Not only did I develop technical skills that are far more advanced than could have been learned in any classroom, but I have built networks in an industry that may otherwise have not been on my radar,” said Amanda Li Chung Lum.

The 2017 participants will share their key learnings at the official MITI reception on Tuesday, 27 June 2017.

Please see the below outline of the 16 projects undertaken this year. Case studies of the individual groups are available on request. 

GIPPSLAND DAIRY REGION

Organisation

Location

Project

Burra Foods

Korumburra

Optimisation of plant performance

Burra Foods

Korumburra

Exploring efficiencies of live output for bulk liquids production line

DEDTJR

Ellinbank

Re-designing large herd farm systems to better manage animal movement and nutritional management

DEDTJR

Ellinbank

Novel manure management technologies for an intensifying dairy industry

Fonterra Australia

Darnum

Resource efficiency and optimisation study

 

NORTHERN DAIRY REGION

Organisation

Location

Project

Bega Cheese

Strathmerton

 

Process optimisation of individually wrapped slices and shreds to reduce overweights in packing

 

SOUTH-WEST DAIRY REGION

Organisation

Location

Project

Fonterra Australia

Cobden

 

Transportation of powders: understanding how powder is transported within the manufacturing process and the potential impact on integrity

Fonterra Australia

Warrnambool

Energy efficiency study

Warrnambool Cheese and Butter

Warrnambool

 

Minimisation of milk solids and water losses to wastewater

 

OTHER

Organisation

Location

Project

Bega Cheese

Coburg

Process analysis and mass balance of whey nanofiltration

Burra Foods

South Melbourne

Operational excellence for HR process

Datagene

N/A

Cow-side mating data capture

Fonterra, Devondale Murray Goulburn and Parmalat

Mount Waverley / Tasmania

Understanding the nutritional and economic value of secondary dairy projects

Lion Dairy and Drinks

Docklands

 

Quantifying the benefits of satellite imagery as a form of pasture management in Australian dairy farming systems

Parmalat

Rowville

Milk movements model

Parmalat

Rowville

Alternative power solutions on dairy farms

 

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ABOUT THE GARDINER DAIRY FOUNDATION

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is an independent investor in projects that have significant impact for the Victorian dairy industry supply chain and wider community. Since 2000, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has invested more than $60 million in cash contributions to over 730 projects. For more information about the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, visit www.gardinerfoundation.com.au.

 

ABOUT THE MONASH INDUSTRY TEAM INITIATIVE (MITI)

The Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI) is an award winning program delivered by Monash University that offers a unique opportunity to explore creative and innovative solutions to business challenges through partnerships with industry organisations and multidisciplinary student teams from Monash.  

 MITI is Gardiner’s primary post farmgate investment and places small disciplinary teams of students from Monash University with a dairy manufacturer to solve a specific company R&D challenge over a 12-week period.

Through participation in the MITI program, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation aims to address a skills gap within dairy by attracting students with sought-after skills to the industry and enlighten graduates to the benefits of living in regional areas. Additionally, the program exposes high-achieving students from Monash University to dairy industry employment opportunities and gives the industry the benefit of bright young minds to design solutions to their real-world challenges.

For more information on the MITI program, visit http://miti.monash.edu.  

 

For media enquiries and to arrange interviews, please contact Wrights PR on behalf of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation: Kate Dwight, Account Executive on 0405 270 910 or at kdwight@wrights.com.au