Namoi Cotton launches ginning pathways program

Grain Central, July 31, 2023

Based at Wee Waa, fabricator Sam is one of Namoi Cotton’s recently qualified apprentices. Photo: Namoi Cotton

NAMOI Cotton has unveiled a Cotton Ginning Development Pathways Program which aims to attract and develop a new generation of talent for the Australian ginning sector to benefit the broader cotton industry.

Recognising the critical importance of attracting younger individuals to the ginning industry, Namoi Cotton has taken the lead by introducing a TAFE-accredited Certificate III Engineering apprenticeship designed to build the skills needed for a career in cotton ginning.

Namoi Cotton executive chair Tim Watson said the program underscores Namoi’s strategic vision to attract and develop talented individuals who will contribute to the growth and success of the business.

“By nurturing a skilled workforce, we are positioning ourselves for sustained growth and remaining at the forefront of the industry,” Mr Watson said.

In addition to the formal qualification, the program also equips participants with the technical knowledge and practical skills needed through hands-on experience and mentoring.

“The Cotton Ginning Development Pathways Program not only addresses the immediate labour needs but will also ensures the strong and skilled workforce needed by the industry while creating careers in rural areas.”

The Namoi Cotton Ginning Development Pathways Program offers participants the opportunity to pursue a Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical) through an apprenticeship program delivered in conjunction with TAFE.

This comprehensive training, combined with on-the-job experience, results in a formal qualification, and provides them with transferable skills and credentials for future career growth.

Namoi Cotton encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for the program.

No prior processing experience is required, and school leavers are encouraged to apply.

Namoi Cotton will be attending career fairs and job expos in southern Queensland and western New South Wales to raise awareness of the program and to showcase it to teachers, parents, school leavers and those looking for a career change.

Namoi Cotton regularly attends careers expos to speak to people of all ages about opportunities in the ginning sector. Photo: Namoi Cotton

Namoi Cotton is Australia’s largest cotton ginner, with a business that spans fibre, feed, supply chain, and marketing.

The ASX-listed company operates 10 cotton gins and three warehouses across NSW and Queensland, and has more than 150 permanent employees.

Namoi is also a stakeholder in the Kimberley Cotton Company, which is planning to open a cotton gin at Kununurra in Western Australia in 2025.

Source: Namoi Cotton


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