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FGM Consultants takes out Training Initiative of the Year & Student of the Year awards at the MINTRAC Training Awards!

Monday, April 30 2018

FMG Consultants had a number of wins at the National Meat Industry MINTRAC Training Awards a couple of weeks back.

For the second year in a row they took out the Training Initiative of the Year award, and student Skye Kovacs, nominated by FMG won Student of the year.

Training Initiative of the Year

FGM’s ‘Ready-Set-JOB’ program brings together a consortium of training, recruitment and job-placement organisations. The objectives of the program are to:

  • showcase the meat and food industry as a provider of both entry level and long-term career opportunities
  • enable unemployed disadvantaged client groups to access and sustain employment in the meat industry
  • position the consortium as a highly credible provider of candidates to the meat industry
  • work with employers in the meat industry to improve their retention rate and upskilling of staff
  • establish the program and make it sustainable across Australia.

The program has seen an increase in graduation rates to over 80%, effectively doubling the typical industry rate of 40%. Their success is driven by ensuring suitable candidates have a real job opportunity at the end of the program.

Student of the Year 

Nominated by FGM Consultants

Previously unemployed for over five years, Skye completed FGM’s pilot ‘Ready-set-JOB’ program and was offered a placement at Australian Meat Group. Skye came to the program with a desire to overcome the employment constraints typically experienced by early school leavers like herself and secure a sustainable future for herself and her family.
Initially assigned to the packing area, Skye was quickly identified as having a strong aptitude for QA and was given the opportunity to include a QA role as part of her duties. Following three months of a combined QA and boning room role, and after proving her abilities as a supervisor, Skye is now dedicated to QA activities.
Skye’s abilities and attitude have earmarked her for ongoing career development. She has completed a Cert II in Meat Processing (Abattoirs) and Cert III in Meat Processing (General) and is well on the way to becoming a QA inspector. Skye is currently undertaking Internal Audit and advanced Food Safety modules.
According to Skye by never not asking a question and being receptive to good advice, she has essentially learnt something new of value every day.


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