MSF Sugar Recognised for Promotion of Apprentices

South Johnstone Mill wins BLA Employer of Year Award

MSF Sugar’s South Johnstone Mill is the Employer of the Year for 2016.

Recognised on Wednesday, 30 November by the Business Liaison Association Vocational Education and Training (VET), the South Johnstone Mill took out the Award for its ongoing commitment to apprenticeships, training and skill-based careers.

The Business Liaison Association (BLA) Awards promote vocational education in schools, and encourage students to pursue vocational pathways while completing their secondary education.

Acting Mill Manager for South Johnstone, Barry O’Brien said MSF Sugar strongly believed in the value of the VET program.

“It is important in building the MSF Sugar workforce of tomorrow – a skilled workforce not only brings greater productivity but also provides options for secondary students looking to use their skills”.

“I applaud the South Johnstone Mill team and I am pleased to see them recognised for their dedication and enthusiastic approach to educating students, building confidence and delivering results”.

“The team continually goes beyond requirements in placing and training students in work experience and in taking on apprentices”.

Mr O’Brien said that in 2016, MSF Sugar South Johnstone had taken 16 placements across the trade sectors of Mechanical, Fabrication and Electrical engineering. Included in that number was a female student from Babinda High School doing work experience in the laboratory.

Key MSF Sugar staff, Laboratory Supervisor, Patricia Irvine, Electrical Engineer, Daniel Kleve, Maintenance Supervisor Mill Plant, John Garner, Maintenance Supervisor, Locomotives and Rolling Stock, David De Andrea are actively involved in coordinating and delivering VET projects.

Students from Good Counsel College, St Augustine’s Cairns, Babinda State School and Innisfail State College participate in the program at South Johnstone Mill.

The Employer of the Year is the second award MSF Sugar has won this month having taken also out the Queensland Premier’s Sustainability Rural Award for its strategic and positive approach to sustainable farming.

Business Liaison Award Employer of the Year

Honoured: Department of Education and Training’s Samara Den Hartog (centre) presented Business Liaison Association awards to Cairns State High VET teacher Amanda Gonzo and MSF Sugar South Johnstone Mill Electrical Engineer Daniel Kleve.