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Viterra joins CBH, GrainCorp in call for harvest workers

Grain Central, August 3, 2022

Returning harvest casual Alana Kahl sampling a load of lentils at Viterra’s Tailem Bend site. Photo: Viterra

VITERRA has launched its annual harvest recruitment drive to fill 1500 seasonal roles at its 53 sites in regional South Australia and two in far western Victoria.

Viterra general manager operations Gavin Cavanagh said early forecasts for the upcoming harvest were showing South Australian growers are set for an above-average season.

“Growers right across the state have had a great start to the season; crops are well established and looking fantastic,” Mr Cavanagh said.

“If conditions continue to be favourable, the state is headed for a significant crop harvest of around 1-2 million tonnes above average.

“This is great news for local growers and makes our annual harvest recruitment drive even more important, as we ensure we’re ready to provide our efficient service to growers when they want to
deliver.”

Harvest jobs are available from October through to January.

“We pay above award rates and have a variety of roles on offer from general grain handling to classification – all necessary training is provided,” Viterra general manager human resources Alyson Gilbey said.

“No previous experience is required and we can help workers find living arrangements and assist with accommodation in some areas.

Viterra has a large number of regular harvest casuals, and close to 500 returned last year.

University student Alana Kahl has worked the past four harvests with Viterra and has also stayed on this year to work with the company as it has complemented her study timetable.

“I spend each summer at home working at the Tailem Bend site and this year, I’ve been able to work at the Port Adelaide site after harvest,” Ms Kahl said.

Ms Gilbey said Viterra offers employees who are interested the chance to move across the network with harvest.

The South Australian and Victorian harvests typically start several weeks after those in eastern states, where GrainCorp put out its first call for harvest workers on June 27, and Western Australia, where CBH Group opened for applications on July 5.

Source: Viterra, GrainCorp, CBH Group

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