SYC has partnered with Foodland to support the training and employment of over 90 people for the opening of their new Mt Barker store in November this year.

Job Prospects recruited suitable candidates for various positions including junior part-time casuals, check-out operators, bakers, butchers and department managers and necessary training has been provided by Training Prospects.

Foodland manager Wes Burgan is excited to work with SYC who can cater for both their employment and training needs and he is keen to provide young people from the district an opportunity to begin a career with their family business.

“We approached SYC three months ago to help us recruit and train new staff.

“We needed up to 25 people to fill senior management positions, and around 70 other people to fill store positions. Many of our company’s staff – including myself – started as young, after school casuals, and we’ve built rewarding careers in retail,” he said.

Job Prospects Business Development Manager, Scott Whitmore, worked directly with Wes to coordinate all the recruitment and training for the new store.

“The collaboration in this project between Job Prospects, Training Prospects, Foodland and even local schools in the area made this large project a success.

“One of the best parts of being involved was knowing so many people were getting jobs at the end, particularly over 50 young people who are just starting out,” he said.

Training Prospects Trainer, Judy, said the training was tailored to align with Foodland’s strong customer experience focus and provides participants with job ready skills to commence their positions.

“Foodland want their employees to share in their company values and ethos so this is an important aspect of the training.

“The training also covers topics including Work Health and Safety, food handling, customer complaints and team work, delivered in both a practical and theory based approach.

“The participant’s skills and confidence developed so much through the course it will be great to see all their hard work put into practice when they start in their new roles,” Judy says.
The store is set to open on November 15 in the newly renovated Mt Barker Village shopping Centre.