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Who trains at the Zoo? We Do

25 May 2009

NMIT delivers on-site training to many and varied organisations at locations around Victoria but one of the more unusual is the Royal Melbourne Zoo in Parkville.

Through the Faculty of Earth Sciences' Business Activities Unit (Fairfield campus), NMIT has won a short term contract to deliver bandsaw training to staff responsible for preparing the daily rations of the Zoo's hungry carnivores.

Carcases of all types - from rabbits to buffalo, are delivered to the Zoo daily and subsequently broken down by Zoo staff to ensure a level of portion control consistent with the strict dietary requirements set down for the meat-eaters.

Until now, the breaking down of carcases has been executed using the good old meat cleaver and chopping block - time-consuming and potentially dangerous. This has been the motivation behind Zoo management's decision to invest in a bandsaw.

NMIT Business Activities consultant, Brian Parr happened to be on the spot when the question of “…who can train our people?” was asked. Brian had the right answer!

The bandsaw training will be delivered over two days - May 20 and 27, by Shannon Combridge, our Technical Officer, Meat and Fish. Shannon manages NMIT's Meat /Fish Processing and Training Centre, located at Epping. He also delivers meat processing training at the Centre.

NMIT - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

 

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or jamesgardener@nmit.vic.edu.au

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.