SPC ropes in more jobs

By Geoff Adams

SPC's new owners have decided to convert some outsourced jobs into internal ones, creating up to 40 new positions at the fruit processor.

The company is also stepping up preparations for the new fruit processing season by engaging GOTAFE to assist with recruitment of up to 500 seasonal employees.

SPC will create permanent jobs in the engineering and services sectors following a review of outsourcing.

The company will also re-introduce an apprenticeship program with two mechanical apprenticeships starting in January followed by another two apprenticeships in 2021.

SPC CEO Robert Giles said the company was thrilled to be able to provide new apprenticeships and an opportunity for growth and development for mechanically minded youth in the region.

“With our new owners, Shepparton Partners Collective, we have reviewed our workforce and decided it was in the interests of the business to commit to creating permanent roles for key engineering and services positions within SPC,'' Mr Giles said.

“We see this as an important step in growing an economically sustainable business which will be good for people, good for jobs and good for the region.”

GOTAFE executive director of student attraction and community engagement Kellie Vise said their role in helping seasonal recruitment was a natural partnership for the two bodies.

“We have access to people who have been trained or are finishing their training and will have skills that are suitable for SPC.

“We are hoping that some students who are finishing their training will be successful in gaining employment and experience.”

She said seasonal employees who did well would have the prospect of being able to gain more permanent employment with the company.

Information sessions for seasonal employees started this week and the next one will be held on October 10.

Ms Vise said GOTAFE was talking to SPC about how it could assist with engaging the permanent employees.