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June 9th, 2011

MPs receive snapshot of food sector training success

Competenz and the Food & Grocery Council (FGC) joined forces recently, delivering small gift packs to MPs, advisors and key parliamentary secretaries along with a certificate highlighting the 2010 industry training achievements of one of the food sector’s most recognised names, to raise the profile of succcessful industry training outcomes in the food and beverage manufacturing sector. As a valued member of both Competenz and the FGC, Nestle’s industry training achievements were marked on the certificate along with all industry training achievements Competenz arranged and supported in 2010. The facts and figures aimed to demonstrate to these key political groups how industry training is adding value to New Zealand's economic and social wellbeing. Nestle played an important part in these training achievements, investing in and supporting 318 of their employees to complete 367 national certificates and 97 different unit standards through Competenz in 2010. These employees included 236 women, 30 people aged under 25 years, 95 Māori and 143 Pasifika peoples. Overall, Competenz helped 9,823 employees to complete 4,520 national certificates and 72,971 unit standards in 2010, and many of these learners continued into further on-job training this year. Of these learners 2,006 were women, 3,167 were aged under 25, 1,157 identified themselves as Māori and a further 954 as Pasifika peoples. The promotion was part of a wider strategy to shine the spotlight on how industry training contributes to business improvement, skilled jobs, and the high quality of grocery products this sector provides New Zealanders and the world. The certificate was presented along with a Nestle liquorice product and a letter explaining why Nestle are so committed to training their people. Industry training helps Nestle, and many other businesses in this sector, to improve productivity and safely deliver their quality products ‘time and time again’ for New Zealanders to enjoy. Competenz and the FGC will each continue to advocate industry training successes from within the food and beverage manufacturing sector through similar cooperative initiatives and the FGC annual conference later this year.