Today we were delighted to be joined by two local employers from Werribee South to discuss current job opportunities in the Agriculture and Farming industry. Due to some technical difficulties, only half of the session was recorded (which you can access by checking out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thegordonskillsandjobscentre), so we have written down some of the key points from the speakers today.
A big thank you to Elisa Walerys, the HR Manager at Fresh Select in Duncans Road and Lidia Ceccin from Grow Fresh in Farrants Road for joining us and sharing an insight into employment opportunities at their companies. Did you know that if you’ve ever bought broccoli, baby broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, iceberg, cos or hydroponic lettuce from Coles, chances are you were eating fresh produce grown right here in Werribee South?!
Both of these farms are preparing for their peak season to commence in October, so if you’re interested in working in this industry here are some key things to consider.
- No previous experience is required, you will be taught the job whilst working
- Having a forklift license or experience driving a tractor would be advantageous but not essential
- You do need to be reliable, hard-working and motivated
- You need to enjoy working outdoors as the job needs to be done rain or shine!
- You need to be physically fit as it is hard physical work to harvest, pick and pack fresh produce
- You will need to be able to understand and speak basic English for one of these casual roles
- You will also need access to a car and be able to get to the work site. There is no public transport in Werribee South and you may need to travel to different farm sites for work.
You will most likely be employed on a casual basis to start with, and availability Monday to Saturday for a seven hour shift is required. During peak season you can be working almost full time hours and over December/January there is very little flexibility for extended periods of time off work. Although the work is casual, some employees have been with these companies for several years and the job has changed their lives, enabling them to buy a family home in the Werribee area.
You will be working in a team of 8-12 people with a leader. It is a great team environment that feels like family. There are some full-time opportunities available in team leadership or maintenance roles, but strong English speaking skills are required for these roles.
If you are looking for employment in an essential industry that has not been greatly affected by the current global pandemic, this could be a great opportunity for you. To apply for a job on one of these farms, you will need a very brief resume which lists any previous employment and any licenses or training you may have completed. Due to COVID restrictions, the farms are closed to the public, so you will need to send your resume by email. The Skills and Jobs Centre or Wyndham Community Education Centre can help you with this.
To let Fresh Select or Grow Fresh know that you are interested in working for them, you can email Craig or Jacinta at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a look over your resume and make sure you are suitable for the roles. You can also email Elisa direct at email@example.com or the Skills and Jobs Centre can help you to write your resume and you can call us on 5225 0700.