Food and Fibre Careers Tasting Trail Ignites Job Seekers’ Appetite for Local Careers

14 July 2023

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

Food and Fibre Careers Tasting Trail Ignites Job Seekers’ Appetite for Local Careers

Food and Fibre Great South Coast Inc. (FFGSC) has announced the successful conclusion of the inaugural Food and Fibre Careers Tasting Trail, a trailblazing initiative that has allowed jobseekers to explore their potential career opportunities in the food and fibre sector.

The Food and Fibre Careers Tasting Trail was the first of its kind in Victoria’s south west region and brought together over 80 people from the community for a series of engaging panel and lunch events in Warrnambool, Heywood, and Hamilton.

The Food and Fibre Careers Tasting Trail achieved remarkable results. Prior to attending the event, only 35 percent of participants expressed an interest in pursuing a career in food and fibre. After attending the event, this increased to an impressive 67 percent. An overwhelming 94 percent of attendees felt welcomed and supported throughout the event. The event has already facilitated the connection between multiple jobseekers and new career opportunities, marking a tangible success.

The Food and Fibre Careers Tasting Trail was delivered under the Workforce Australia Local Jobs, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, and delivered in partnership with local employment services agency WDEA Works.

Food and Fibre Great South Coast heartily thanked its program partners and all attendees for their exceptional enthusiasm and engagement. Jobseekers’ active participation, support, and interest were vital to the resounding success of the Careers Tasting Trail.

The organisation also expressed gratitude to the panelists, Georgina Gubbins, Jack Luxford, Tristan Monti, Bronte Gorringe, Michael Goldby, Jane Young, Bonnie Taylor, Kym Mathew, Kathryn Robertson, and Jamie Pepper, for their outstanding contributions. It was agreed that panel members’ openness and insights enriched the event and provided valuable career guidance to jobseekers who attended.

Food and Fibre Great South Coast Chief Executive Officer, Natalie Collard, said, “We are incredibly proud of the success of the Food and Fibre Careers Tasting Trail. We are thrilled that local job seekers now know more about food and fibre jobs, pathways towards employment, and have told us that they overwhelmingly feel welcome and open to pursue these rewarding careers. We look forward to continuing to empower jobseekers and nurturing the food and fibre industry in the Great South Coast.”

 

FFGSC remains committed to its mission of connecting jobseekers with meaningful careers and fostering the growth of the region’s largest employing industries. This event marks a significant milestone in the region’s efforts to build a thriving and dynamic food and fibre workforce.

FFGSC invites readers to support its important work and tax-deductible donations of $2 and above can be made at www.givenow.com.au/foodandfibregsc

For more, please visit https://foodfibregsc.com.au.

Workforce Australia Local Jobs is funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

Media outlets are requested to obtain governmental clearance through FFGSC and provide a minimum of three days’ notice. In your request, please provide pertinent details, including the publication’s name and intended date of release. 

Media contact:

Natalie Collard
Chief Executive Officer
0413 009 373

About Food and Fibre Great South Coast:

Food and Fibre Great South Coast (FFGSC) is the representative body for South West Victoria’s $4bn agriculture sector, and $12bn food and fibre value chain, which is responsible for 60 percent of our gross regional product and 21.6 percent of all regional jobs. South West Victoria is Australia’s largest agricultural production region by value, dominated by dairy, beef and sheep industries and supplying 14 percent of Victoria’s fresh seafood. FFGSC is an incorporated organisation administered by a volunteer Board and one FTE Chief Executive Officer.

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