On-line skills training for food sector

More than 400 manufacturing staff at Bairnsdale-based Patties Foods will be able to develop their work skills through a new suite of on-line training modules, to be officially launched next week.

Developed over the past 12-months by Patties Foods and East Gippsland TAFE, the on-line training modules are part of a major e-learning project which is aligned with the objectives of the East Gippsland Food Cluster, of which Patties Foods is a member.

The initial 4 training modules cover Health & Safety, Food Safety, Food Quality and Manual Handling.

Patties Foods GM Manufacturing, Mr Grant Leyden, says the use of on-line training technologies to develop staff skills is a perfect fit with the company’s commitment to growth through innovation.

“In partnership with East Gippsland TAFE, we have created an e-learning resource which will help grow our own skills base and support the broader Food Cluster workforce development strategy of making the food sector in East Gippsland a more attractive employment proposition,” Mr Leyden said.

Project director at Patties Foods, Continuous Improvement and Training Manager, Mr Scott McKenzie, says the computer-based training modules will be combined with instructor-led and on the job training conducted by Patties Foods Line Trainers.

“Our operators will undertake the on-line learning through regular sessions in our dedicated Training Centre at the Bairnsdale manufacturing facility.

“On-line learning is particularly important for Patties Foods as it provides the flexibility required for a business which operates 24 hours a day, to offer employees access to their Training modules on the internet at any time.

 “The training modules make extensive use of audio and visual devices which support different learning styles.

“While specifically developed through Patties Foods’ experience and expertise, the modules focus on generic skills which make them relevant to all food manufacturing businesses.

“We are delighted to have partnered with East Gippsland TAFE to have developed e-learning programs that will have a significant positive impact not only for the benefit of Patties Foods, but for all Food Cluster members,” Mr McKenzie said.

The new suite of on-line training modules will be officially launched at a function at the Training Centre, Patties Foods, Princes Highway Bairnsdale, 10.30am, Thursday 7 April 2011.


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