Prior to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Poultry Hub’s Job Ready Training initiative was still progressing at a great pace matching unemployed youth with available positions in the poultry industry. One of the successful new employees is Courtney.

After being let go from her mechanic apprenticeship, Courtney returned to the North West to be back with family. Her job agency referred her to the Poultry Hub Job Ready Training, where she completed the 4 day training at the UNE Tamworth Study Centre.

Courtney demonstrated a clear motivation for learning, great communications skills and was engaged throughout the entire training. Bruce (Poultry Hub’s Education Officer) realised quite quickly that she would be an asset to the poultry industry. Bruce then assisted Courtney to obtain an interview with one of the local recruitment agencies. She was offered some work experience, which she really enjoyed and impressed the farm manager enough to be offered a position on the egg farm.

In one of their regular catch ups, Courtney told Bruce that “I’m loving it”. Some of the job tasks Courtney has been doing is collecting and packing the eggs and checking on the welfare of the chickens. Courtney has said her favourite job task is undoubtedly walking through the sheds and checking on the birds.

“I wouldn’t be working on a farm if it wasn’t for the Poultry Hub Job Ready Training. Registration, attending the fun and informative training days and then talking with the recruitment agencies has been so easy” Courtney told Bruce.

Courtney has been employed for a couple months now and she told us that she is “still loving it. Knowing that I have the support of Bruce who checks up with me all the time, has also re-assured me that I’m in good position that I see myself doing for a while”.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to pause delivering the hands-on training however, are using this opportunity to develop an online version in which we are hoping to roll out all over Australia. If you are in the poultry industry and have positions available or if you would like to start a new career working in the poultry industry we strongly encourage you to contact us at poultryhub@une.edu.au. You will then be the first to be notified when our online training course is available and being delivered.

For more details please contact us at poultryhub@une.edu.au