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March 16th, 2012

DB brews skills recognition programme

18,850 hours of learning is a lot – but this is how much time DB Waitemata Brewery has invested over the last three years to train its staff to be the best. “Back in 2009 we started with a vision – a vision to upskill all our staff and to achieve 400 unit standards by the end of the year,” says Chris Heketoa, DB’s Supply Chain Training Manager. Since then, Chris and the team at DB have seen their supply chain staff achieve over 100 qualifications, including national certificates in Occupational Health & Safety, Food & Related Products Processing, and Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering. A graduation ceremony was held onsite at DB in Otahuhu to congratulate and recognise the success of each of the 65 graduates across the Warehousing, Packaging, Brewing and Engineering divisions who spent, on average, 290 hours of learning per person. Forty of the graduates also participated in the DB literacy programme, run by Debbie Henry of private training establishment Target Education. “I’ve had so many people coming to me over these three years asking ‘why do I have to do this literacy stuff, I’m good at my job’…this graduation is why! It’s to get you the recognition you all deserve.” The graduates were also commended by Scott Anderson, Warehouse Manager, who said – “It probably took a lot of courage to put your hand up and ‘go back to school’ – so well done for committing to this.” Competenz, the Industry Training Organisation for the Food & Beverage Manufacturing sector, was responsible for managing the qualifications and training at DB, and already four more DB staff are now training towards a new qualification, the Level 2 National Certificate in Competitive Manufacturing. And DB also plans to introduce Competitive Manufacturing practices on the wider shop floor this year, to improve the efficiency and performance of both their people and processes. Sustainability of these practices will be achieved through a shift in the company’s culture, including the right leadership. “Our vision has always been to not have people coming to work and following the same process and doing the same thing every day. We want to make this place more rewarding, and make a work environment where we bring our staff to the party so they can contribute,” says Rob Richardson, General Manager Supply Chain. And through training and upskilling their people, DB continues to work towards its ultimate goal – to be New Zealand’s best employer with the best environment for learning.