An Accidental Pathway into Agriculture

Finn Leahy never planned on a career in Agriculture, during his time at St Pauls Anglican Grammar School, he focused on a pathway involving Graphic Design and Architecture.

After completing Year 12, Finn didn’t want to rush into university, so instead he started working on a farm; it didn’t take long to get him hooked.

Finn is now undertaking a Traineeship, studying Certificate III and IV in Agriculture with GOTAFE’s National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE) and working with C & CJ Bagot.

GOTAFE NCDE Trainer Thelma Hutchison said Finn is deserving of his recent nomination as a Finalist in the 2016 Baw Baw Shire Business Excellence Award Young Achiever Award.

“Finn displays great commitment to his studies and has taken on extra responsibilities in the workplace,” explained Ms Hutchison.

Finn is very proud of what he has been able to achieve in the past 14 months and notes that he has a very different lifestyle to many of his peers. His main focus now is on reaching his goals and is determined to achieve them. Finn plans to one day own his own farm and be able to help educate young people about the Agriculture Industry.

“I feel very motivated. I have a plan, a sense of purpose and am very satisfied with what I’m doing now,” Finn explained.

“Finn has been able to fast track his studies and will complete both the Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30110) and Certificate IV in Agriculture(AHC40110) through a workplace based Traineeship. He has also completed a chemical user’s course so he can use farm chemicals safely,” said Ms Hutchison.

The Young Achiever Award is supported by the West Gippsland Trade Training Alliance; a partnership between Baw Baw Shire secondary schools and training providers including GOTAFE NCDE.

There is still time to enrol in GOTAFE NCDE courses for 2016, with many courses taking enrolments mid-year and rolling enrolments all year. For a full list of available courses visit or phone 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233).