29 January, 2003
___Cotton Seed Distributors has introduced the school-based part-time traineeship program into its Wee Waa facility._
Students must undertake 1,300 hrs of work in the workplace and 300 hours of the job training.
New CSD managing director, Peter Graham, said the board wholeheartedly approved the initiative to implement the nationally accredited education and training activities.
“CSD will be able to train young persons to our requirements in the knowledge that the business is likely to have a stable employee for the next two years.”
“In response to a Wee Waa High School drive encouraging local industry participation and in consultation with administering authorities, the school and TAFE, CSD has implemented a trainee program that will provide employment for three young local students, currently working towards their Higher School Certificate.
“Jessica Johnson (pictured right) has already commenced with CSD working in the business administration area, and Tod Galagher will start on February 10 in the production engineering area, followed by Chris Lowder in February 17 in information technology,” Mr Graham said.
CSD’s OH&S manager, Eddie Janssen, said the trainees would receive award rates of pay, and their achievements while at CSD would count towards their Higher School Certificates.
He said CSD is extending the opportunities for nationally accredited qualifications to existing and new employees. A flexible, self-paced program for existing employees, provided mostly in-house and supported by TAFE trainers and assessors will deliver employees with opportunities for self development whilst providing under pinning knowledge and benefits to the business.
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