July – Certificate 4 in Production Horticulture takes trainee to Canada, USA & Mexico

Michael McLachlan is currently employed by ATEP and working at Chisholm Institute of Tafe as a Trainee in Production Horticulture.

Little did he know when he applied that his Certificate 4 would take him to the USA, Mexico and Canada!

This is what Chisholm had to say:

” Our Certificate 4 trainee, Michael McLachlan is set to participate in the Protected Cropping Australia study tour to America, Canada and Mexico in October of this year.

Michael’s participation in this event has been facilitated by the Hydroponic Farmers Federation of Victoria. The HFF initially purchased a position on the PCA tour, and then raffled the position off at their recent conference in Mulwala, New South Wales.

Initially the raffle was actually won by Chisholm staff member Tony Bundock, who has kindly donated the prize to Michael.

‘There is no doubt that the trip would have been a great opportunity to see progressive horticulture in that region, but I strongly believe that the future of our industry lies with the younger members of the horticultural community. Michael will certainly learn a great deal on this tour which will aid him in progressing his career and knowledge’ said Tony.

When first told about the trip, Michael was convinced at first that it was all a joke. ‘The boss has a strong sense of humour, so I thought he was winding me up! However, I’m pretty happy to discover it’s for real!’ said Michael.

Michael and the rest of the PCA delegation leave for America on the 1st of October and return on the 17th of October.

As part of his trip Michael will be updating a blog showcasing all the things he will be seeing, so look out for his reports! “