Viterra boosts career pathways in regional SA with traineeship programme

Leading agriculture network Viterra has opened applications for its certified traineeship programme, allowing trainees to achieve qualifications while they work.

Viterra General Manager Human Resources, Alyson Gilbey says the programme, now in its second year, means people don’t need to choose between starting a career and studying.

“Our traineeships are an excellent pathway for people looking to begin a career in agriculture where they can earn money and study at the same time,” Alyson says.

“Successful applicants will be able to build their skill sets and gain on-the-job work experience, while working towards a nationally-recognised Certificate III qualification in Rural Operations.

“We have designed the two-year programme to provide trainees with all the skills and knowledge they need to work successfully in a long-term role in operations.

“Trainees will have access to support and mentoring opportunities and learn important industry skills. They’ll also gain licenses for multiple tasks including grain classification, machinery operation, fumigation and grain hygiene, working at heights and confined spaces, as well as driving front-end loaders and forklifts.”

Alyson says Viterra is pleased to offer the traineeships in regional areas, where most of our employees live and work.

“We’re proud to be offering these roles in regional communities. People who live regionally can build a rewarding career in agriculture in their hometown, without having to move to a capital city,” Alyson says.

“This is the second year we are opening applications for our traineeship programme and we’re excited for more people to join us for this opportunity. Our first-year trainees tell us they’ve had a great experience so far.”

Chelsea Bradtke, a first-year trainee at Viterra’s Gladstone site says she enjoys the variety of the role.

“I’ve really enjoyed all the new things that I have learnt. There’s so much variety and it’s been interesting learning how different things work on site,” Chelsea says. 

“My favourite part of my role is classifiying grain and seeing what’s required to meet the various grades. I’ve also really liked learning to drive a front-end loader, it’s always fun to learn something new.

“I’ve grown in my skills, both in working with people and taking on hands-on work. It’s a friendly atmosphere and my colleagues are all really helpful.” 

Chelsea says she’s developed a greater understanding of agribusiness.

“Growing up on a farm, I’ve always been involved with grain, but working on-site has opened up my eyes to how big the grain industry is.

“My goal for the remainder of my traineeship is to finish with the best attitude possible and learn what I can, where I can.

“I’d say to anyone whose considering applying for one of these roles to go for it, you’ll get a lot out of it!” 

Twelve traineeship opportunities are available in Viterra’s Western region (Eyre Peninsula), Central region (mid and lower northern areas and Yorke Peninsula) and Eastern region (Murray Mallee and south-east area).

After a successful introduction last year, Viterra will soon be opening up three new maintenance apprenticeship roles to its business, with a position available in each of Viterra’s regions.

Applications are now open for Viterra’s 2024 traineeship programme, which will start in January. For further information or to apply visit Applications close on Monday 27 November.

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