Bendigo workers get a fresh start for a new career


One hundred Bendigo workers have been given a fresh start for a new career thanks to Federation TAFE.

The workers were given the chance to reskill with Federation TAFE after their employer, Moira Mac’s poultry and craft food, announced it would relocate its production to Western Australia next year.

Moira Mac’s chose to partner with Federation TAFE to provide free training to help find their staff new jobs in the food processing industry.

The workers were enrolled in a food processing skillset that formalises their significant industry experience.
The training also focussed on developing resume writing and job search skills to complement the practical face-to-face workshops and on-the-job assessment in the program.

Federation TAFE student, Debra Tolson, completed the training and said she appreciated the chance to ensure her food production, quality assurance and food safety skills were up to date so she could be job ready.

Quotes attributable to Federation University Pro Vice-Chancellor (Vocational Education and Training) and CEO TAFE, Liam Sloan

“Our training programs are designed to meet the demands of our community.”

“Our courses not only give our students the industry skills to work but give them the skills to get a job.”

“TAFE supports employers to keep their staff’s knowledge up-to-date and relevant by developing bespoke courses.”

Quotes attributable to Federation TAFE graduate, Debra Tolson

“The course helped to update what I had already been trained to do on the job.”

“I was happy to see that no matter what industry you work in, they have a focus on safety.”

Quotes attributable to Moira Macs Training Coordinator, Shane Green

“It's great to work with people and an organisation (Federation TAFE) that have exceptional customer focus, a positive can-do attitude and make things happen, even a pandemic couldn't stop them.”

“We wanted to ensure our staff were in the best position to gain future employment.”