With a passion for rural Australia Cowra's Marlee Langfield is flying the flag for agriculture.
Last week Marlee was honoured to be presented with the 2015 NSW Western Region Trainee of the Year at the Annual NSW Training Awards Dinner held in Orange on Friday evening.
Marlee was recognised for her success in achieving the Certificate III in Agriculture through Access Group Training.
Marlee reflected on the outcomes of the 2015 NSW Western Region Training Awards Dinner and was very proud to be the the only finalist to represent agriculture- a passion the 20-year-old plans to follow long into the future.
Her employer, T.H. Langfield Testamentary Trust is very proud of her success.
"She is a highly self-motivated, independent and conscientious worker," the Trustee commented.
Marlee reflected on life in the country and said it's where she belongs.
"I was born and bred on the farm which is where my love for agriculture began," she said.
While many her age have followed the well-worn path to university, Marlee is sure that the vocational path of study she has chosen is right for her.
"It's flexible, less stressful and I can make my own deadlines. This perfectly suits my current lifestyle," she said.
"At school there's often so much pressure to go to university and I want to encourage young people to think about other pathways because they are out there.
"You never know, I may go to university at sometime in the future but in this point in time I'm very happy where I am."
Marlee was nominated for her award by her Trainer/Accessor at Access Group Training, Aub Platt, who commended Marlee on her outstanding work achievements in her course of study.
"Considering her age, Marlee has established herself as a wealth of knowledge in cereal grain farming with a high level of competence in operating specialised agricultural machinery," Aub said.
"Marlee has the skills needed to run the family farm and she understands the importance of providing direction and leadership, mentoring and coaching and problem solving. Marlee understands that effective communication and teamwork are essential for success."
Marlee hasn't taken a break from her studies - she has progressed onto further training and is now studying the Diploma in Management, with Access Group Training.
She's now busy juggling her time commitments, between preparations for the NSW State Training Awards to be held in Sydney next month, progressing with her studies, completing farm work and local community commitments.
"I'm studying, socialising and working- I really do have the best of everything," she said.