SUNRICE'S "leaders of the future" have been put their paces.
Last week the company celebrated 12 of its frontline leaders who graduated from TAFE NSW with a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.
A small ceremony was held in Leeton to honour the 12 staff members who had put in the hours and hard work to come out on top.
Delivered through a unique partnership with TAFE NSW, the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management was specifically tailored to the SunRice participants, aimed at helping frontline leaders enhance their leadership skills and better meet future workplace challenges, particularly in the Riverina.
The recipients satisfied the requirements of the certificate, including undertaking project work, leading a team and a diverse workforce effectively, and implementing continuous improvement strategies, a journey they started three years ago.
SunRice Group general manager, global operations and agribusiness, Tom Howard, thanked the group for their efforts.
"What a journey it has been, during a period coming out of drought, as well as the interruptions of a global pandemic," he said.
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Mr Howard acknowledged the benefits the rice industry brings to the region and noted the positive impact of the rise in this year's production.
"We're welcoming more and more people back into the group and are actively recruiting across both of our milling footprints," he said.
"In preparation for harvest early next year, we'll be bringing a significant number of casual employees through our operations across the Riverina, as well as our AGS network.
"We're pleased to welcome back a lot of people who previously worked with the group, allowing us to expand those key skills to help us run effectively."
The company said the new qualification would provide its frontline leaders with the foundations to be successful in their outward-facing positions and role models for incoming and current staff.
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