Posted Monday 19 June 2023

In December, tertiary student Andrea Axford swapped her regular lectures and studies for a seven-week stint at Burra Foods. 

The experience has helped confirm her ambition to be a scientist.

Each year, Burra employs young people in a range of programs that assist in building their skills for the future. 

Andrea has completed a Diploma of Higher Education at Monash University and is transferring to a Bachelor of Science for 2023. 

“I grew up in Korumburra, where my family has a dairy farm. So Burra was my first choice when
I was applying for a holiday job.”

Initially, Andrea thought she would be on the production line. But the Burra team talked with her about her interests and she was thrilled to find out that she would work with the tech team and quality department.

“I really enjoy learning how science applies in a commercial workplace and how high standards need to be maintained,” she said. “I help run product testing in the lab and do the setting up. I have my own projects too, like monitoring shelf-life samples. It’s really interesting.”

Back in Melbourne, Andrea is not just focused on her studies. She plays volleyball at a high level and has worked for Volleyball Victoria as referee and as a coach at the Greater Melbourne Volleyball Academy. On top of that, she has also worked in hospitality.

Andrea spoke highly of her experience working at Burra. 

“Our family has been supplying their milk to Burra for a few years, so I knew they were a reputable company where I’d learn a lot – and I have. My workmates are really smart and very good at what they do.

“It’s not just learning more about science. I’ve learned how commercial labs work, which will give me the edge when I’m applying for jobs. I’ve also built other skills, like problem solving and professional confidence. I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity Burra has given me.”