Frew Group hon­oured

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Stawell’s Frew Group has been awarded for its com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion at South West TAFE’S re­cent grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

Each year, South West TAFE recog­nises an or­gan­i­sa­tion or busi­ness that has helped to de­velop pro­grams and strate­gies that meet the needs of re­gional in­dus­tries.

South West TAFE chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Fidge said he was de­lighted to this year recog­nise the Frew Group and the strong part­ner­ship that had been formed be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Mr Fidge said train­ing started in Stawell with the Frew Group 17 years ago and it had con­tin­ued to ex­pand over the years.

“We are cur­rently train­ing about 120 em­ploy­ees with num­bers con­tin­u­ing to in­crease as the plant ex­pands,” he said.

Mr Fidge said the op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with the Frew Group was some­thing the or­gan­i­sa­tion was ex­tremely proud of.

“South West TAFE strives to ed­u­cate staff to add real value to the on­go­ing suc­cess of any or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

“Train­ing is fo­cused on the Cer­tifi­cate II and III in Meat Pro­cess­ing Food Ser­vices and the Cer­tifi­cate IV in Meat Safety and Meat In­spec­tion.

“Our trainer, Mick Mc­cart­ney, has been fun­da­men­tal in the suc­cess of our re­la­tion­ship with the Frew Group and much of the credit for this suc­cess must go to him.”

South West TAFE Food, Fi­bre, Land and Trades man­ager Paul Meredith said the ma­jor ben­e­fit of the train­ing pro­gram was that em­ploy­ees were given great ac­cess to the SWTAFE trainer, Mr Mc­cart­ney, who was lo­cated on site. “We have shown a com­mit­ment to the Frew Group by pro­vid­ing a fully-equipped train­ing room on site,” he said.

“The Frew Group has also worked with us to en­able ac­cess to the plant and work­ers as re­quired so they can com­plete their as­sess­ments in a timely man­ner.”

Frew Group hu­man re­sources man­ager Dar­ren Weavell said it was great to re­ceive recog­ni­tion for the part­ner­ship be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions, which had been in place since 2001.

“It is so ben­e­fi­cial to have a trainer on site, which en­ables our work­force to have ac­cess to train­ing five days a week,” he said.

Mr Weavell said the train­ing pro­vided was na­tion­ally recog­nised, which ben­e­fited the com­pany with the ten­der­ing process and in fu­ture mar­kets.

The grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony also recog­nised South West TAFE’S out­stand­ing stu­dents and 2017 grad­u­at­ing stu­dents.

PART­NER­SHIP: From left, Food, Fi­bre, Land and Trades se­nior ed­u­ca­tor Rick Dunn, South West TAFE trainer Mick Mc­cart­ney, South West TAFE chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Fidge and Frew Group hu­man re­source man­ager Dar­ren Weavell at a South West TAFE grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

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