A course covering aspects of almond production through to processing/marketing
There are still spaces available for this training course which covers some nationally accredited units in production, processing and marketing, with a focus on almonds. GrowSmart Training and River Murray Training, with strong support from the Almond Board of Australia, are looking for interested people either currently working in the almond industry or those keen to find an opportunity to become involved in the industry, to participate in training that includes: • Underpinning knowledge and practical training across all aspects of the industry, from growing almonds to processing and marketing. • Ten nationally accredited subjects provided as a “skill set”, and conducted over the term of 12 months. These units can be added to at a later date to enable the participants to gain a formal qualification. Seventeen days of training over the 12 months will mean a minimal period of time required to be away from your work. Much of the training
will involve trips, local and interstate, and on- property training sessions, including exposure to industry experts. This will include the very latest in almond production technology, both here and from overseas. The units chosen by the Almond Industry to make up the skill set for this project are: • Horticulture • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders • Harvest horticultural crops mechanically • Implement a plant establishment program • Implement a plant nutrition program • Determine seasonal irrigation scheduling tasks • Participate in workplace communications • Food processing • Implement quality systems and procedures • Implement the food safety program and procedures • Monitor the implementation of quality and food safety programs • Implement occupational health and safety systems and procedures
There will be a one day information workshop to assist participants to understand what marketing is. It is important for participants to understand the whole process from production through processing and marketing to consumer. Experience suggests that when employees see the whole picture, not just the part that they are involved in, the commitment to their part in the process is much greater. This of course, is the model of the whole of food value chain that "Thinker in Residence" Andrew Fearne promoted. The course cost is $250 per person and is based in the Riverland. This is an opportunity to be grasped. Further information and an application form can be obtained from: Ian White at GrowSmart Training on
0419 832 871 or the GrowSmart Training office on 8582 2270.