Dairysafe will develop a customised training program specific to dairy processing, thanks to a grant from the South Australian Government.

The training will focus on process control breakdown and recognising instances where breakdown in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Hygiene Practice (GHP) could result in an incident.

“We’re thrilled that the South Australian Government has recognised the gap in structured training options that meet specific industry needs,” Dairysafe CEO Geoff Raven said.

“The artisan industry in South Australia currently faces challenges in accessing flexible and affordable training. This program will provide a practical training solution to the SA dairy industry.”

To ensure industry-wide training across all levels, from operators and supervisors to technical leads, Dairysafe is seeking input from the industry on training needs related to dairy processing.

Dairysafe will consult with a reference panel and host industry workshops to provide advice on technical aspects, industry challenges and problems.

“Our ultimate goal is to develop free online training modules that cater to the industry’s pressing needs and fill the current training void in dairy processing,” Geoff said.

“The aim is for the course content to be evergreen, and to align the training with established skill sets and a formal qualification so that it can be used for recognition of prior learning when an accredited course specific to dairy processing becomes available.”

The project to develop the program is set to conclude on 30 June 2024, after which the training will be launched.

Dairysafe acknowledges the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Clare Scriven, and PIRSA for recognising the need to fill this significant training gap.