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Innovative training program for food producers

An innovative training program designed to help small to medium food producers in South Australia to develop their businesses was launched this week.

Further Education Minister, Paul Caica, who is launching the Food Producers’ Training Program 2008, says it will be delivered with a flexible schedule allowing people to undertake the program in ‘bite-size’ workshops.

“This short course program covers three main themes that are all tailored to the needs of the food industry: Managing Your Business Risks, Growing Your Business and Understanding Your Products”, Minister Caica said.

“There are a range of half-day or one-day workshops that food producers can attend under each of these themes ranging from food safety, through to pricing your products, supply chain essentials and sensory evaluation.”

The program, which will be delivered at the Urrbrae Education Centre from April, is the result of a strategic partnership between TAFE SA (Barossa Valley) and food industry association, Flavour SA.

Minister Caica went on to say that “TAFE and the food industry have collaborated well to deliver relevant training for growing food businesses, which is designed to cater for both their immediate and evolving training needs.”

“Industry specialists from the legal and accounting professions, food technologists and public relations consultants are just some of the professionals who will work alongside lecturing staff to present these training workshops to the food industry across the State.”

The training program has been developed from accredited units from Certificate levels 1, 2 and 3 in Food Processing as well as the Diploma of Wine and Food.

For further enquiries please contact:

Paul Caica MP,

Minister for Employment, Training & Further Education Minister for Science and Information Economy Minister for Youth Minister for Gambling

Websites:

Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST)

Science, Technology and Innovation

Bio Innovation SA

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