Supporting all-abilities employment in Wangaratta05/05/2021
More workers have jobs with one of Australia’s largest integrated employers through a State Government program helping businesses to recover and thrive on the other side of the pandemic.
Merriwa Industries received a $325,000 grant through the Agriculture Workforce Plan, enabling the Australian Disability Enterprise-registered business to adapt its co-packing operations. This has helped the company increase its productivity through the introduction of an innovative product line and new, automated equipment.
Two existing food packing rooms have been divided and new washrooms built – the business has also delivered training for 142 new and existing workers to ensure they have the skills needed to operate the new equipment.
Merriwa Industries is regional Victoria’s largest co-packing business, employing an all-abilities team of over 300 people including more than 100 supported workers. Merriwa operates commercial businesses in packaging and the timber and garden nursery sectors, along with delivering child, youth and family support services.
Employees are supported to develop transferrable skills and receive training to increase their future employment prospects, while also receiving ongoing personal development training.
The Agriculture Workforce Plan is helping Victorians, including those who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, to find paid work while helping to ensure the state's vital agriculture sector has the workforce it needs.