When your farm business has reached the point where an employee is required, it can be daunting. Particularly with workplace issues such as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), superannuation, leave loading, etc. For those who have already employed farm hands, a common complaint is the difficulty of finding a good one and being able retain them.
The National Centre for Dairy Education Australia is offering courses to help farmers with these issues. The course focuses on:
- Recruiting– developing job advertisements and job descriptions. How to conduct interviews.
- Retaining and developing staff– undertaking staff appraisals, job inductions and developing standard operating procedures for your farm.
- Legalities– learning about OH&S, the pastoral award and setting up contracts.
This is a four-day course and will be run in July in Wangaratta. Exact dates have not been finalised as the course will only go ahead if enrolment numbers are satisfactory. If interest is high enough this course can be conducted in other locations throughout the North East.
The course costs approximately $285 taking into account a subsidy from Dairy Australia. For further information and to enrol in the course please contact Carol McFadzen on (03) 5824 5535 or mobile 0447 372 217.