Growing skills recognised
AFTER 14 years on a Lockyer Valley salad farm Desley Jackwitz's skills and knowledge now have been formally recognised.
Mrs Jackwitz has helped run the salad and vegetable producer, Wilamay Farms, near Tenthill in the Lockyer Valley, since 1998.
The skills she developed and accompanying knowledge have now been recognised by UQ Gatton through the Vocational Education Centre.
Wilamay Farms employs three permanent staff and up to an additional 12 casual staff during the busy season.
She completed a Certificate IV in Agriculture and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, gaining recognition for prior learning, with previous work and skills she learnt on the job counting towards her formal qualification.
Mrs Jackwitz said the recognition of prior learning meant more than a decade's on-the-job skills were accepted as formal education.
"I completed the training along with some of my staff and we all agreed it is excellent to receive formal recognition of our abilities," she said.
She said the program was an opportunity for agricultural workers who hadn't previously attended tertiary education to shorten learning times.
"I encourage all people in our industry to take advantage of these opportunities as it can assist you in your current role and will improve your job prospects if you are seeking future employment or to turn a job into a career."
She said the certificates opened doors to future employment for people working in the agriculture industry.
Despite finishing two certificates, Mrs Jackwitz said she wasn't finished with UQ quite yet.
She is now planing to complete a diploma and advanced diploma in rural business management,
"I am looking forward to completing my diploma," she said.
"Not only to have my skills officially recognised, but new skills learnt through training will aid myself and my staff in the proficient running of the business."