The internship program is intended for fresh graduates of animal science particularly for the “NTCA Indonesia-Australia Pastoral Program (NIAPP)” graduates. The internship program aims to provide stronger pathways to employment in the Indonesian red meat and cattle sector by exposing the interns to firsthand experience in Indonesian cattle industry. From industry point of view, the internship program is valued as an effective mechanism to identify potential employees.
The program started in 2018 with 4 participants, and is continuing into 2019 with the target to engage 50 participants that will be selected through a rigorous selection process. The Partnership encourages more companies to participate in this internship program as the program brings mutual benefit for both company and interns.
Following the successful implementation of the Skills Development Program Short Courses Phase 1 (see below), in August 2017 the Partnership agreed to extend the program for three years (2018-2020). The program includes:
Commercial Cattle Breeding and Management Course
The course aims to expand the breeding and managerial expertise of organisations in the Indonesian cattle industry. The course also aims to help feedlot companies diversify into cattle breeding.
Two courses were held on 2018; 1st cohort was on 2-29 April and the 2nd cohort was from 17 September to 5 October. Both courses were held in Indonesia for two weeks and one week in Australia.
In total, 40 staff from Indonesian feedlot and oil palm plantations that integrate cattle breeding into their operations participated in the training. The training is delivered the Advisory and Support Group (ASG), in collaboration with Australia Award in Indonesia (for the 1st cohort); Padjadjaran University; and the Indonesia-Australia Commercial Cattle Breeding Program (IACCB).
Between 2015 and 2017, the Partnership trained 142 Indonesians in a range of short courses that support skills and capability transfer in the Indonesian government and the red meat and cattle sector. The program reached the entire supply chain, from producers and processors to policy makers responsible for agricultural and trade policy development. The program aims to increase the understanding, knowledge and vocational skills of those working in the industry and government in Indonesia to promote global competencies. Each course was delivered by Australia Awards in Indonesia in collaboration with an Australian institution with significant sectoral experience. These included:
The program provides Indonesian undergraduate agricultural students with a combination of competency-based accredited learning and real industry experience through extensive industry training and placements at selected corporate and family run cattle stations in the Northern Territory. It builds capacity, knowledge and understanding of animal husbandry, production and welfare issues in the entire supply chain and production environment between the Australiana and Indonesian cattle trade. To date, 50 Indonesian students have been trained under the program.
In July – September 2018, 20 students from throughout Indonesia were selected to be placed at Northern Territory cattle stations. The program concludes with a reciprocal visit of Australian host stations to Indonesia; and follow up session on alumni program. For more information, visit the NTCA website.