Melbourne Polytechnic, together with the Melbourne Market Authority, has developed the Certificate III in Greengrocery, a new course to provide workers in the fresh produce industry with a recognised qualification.
The course expands and builds on the existing knowledge those working in retail greengrocery will have already learnt on the job. As part of the course tuition scholarships are available for students enrolling in the program.
The Certificate III in Greengrocery (22340VIC) is the first of its kind in Australia and recognises the essential work that people in the fresh produce industry perform. The course will be delivered in a blended mode, combining online learning, workplace visits, on-campus classes, and in situ at the Melbourne wholesale fruit, vegetable and cut-flower market in Epping.
Mark Maskiell, Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Market Authority (MMA) says, “This course finally provides people in the fresh produce industry with a specific formal qualification and recognises greengrocery as an important and essential trade.“
The qualification will provide learners with practical knowledge and experience, allowing them to give the best advice and service to customers around fresh produce. “This course will set those who complete it, apart from the pack.” said Mark
Understanding that 2020 has been a testing year for many, the MMA has committed $15,000 to support the scholarship program for the first group of students who will train in the course. Mark says, “The MMA is excited to offer a tuition scholarships for the Certificate III in Greengrocery (22340VIC), supporting those that will become the future of the industry to gain a recognised qualification.”
Initially the course will be available to individuals who are working in the industry. For Melbourne Polytechnic, the introduction of this program reinforces our commitment to community initiatives and supports the growth of essential trade through hands-on training.
Frances Coppolillo, Chief Executive of Melbourne Polytechnic says ‘we’re proud to have built a robust program with the MMA that will ensure fresh-produce workers become highly skilled in their trade, and are able to continue to service small to medium businesses in our community that will ensure Melbourne and Victoria move forward’