An initiative of SunPork Farms and Autism CRC, Autism and Agriculture aims to employ and develop career paths for adults on the spectrum in specialist animal care roles. The Program will harness the diverse skills some autistic individuals have in animal care to provide sustainable employment in the agricultural industry and ultimately enhance the welfare of livestock.
The South Australian government has recognised this potential and has generously contributed $150,000 towards the pilot program via the CRC For High Integrity Australian Pork.
Specialisterne Australia is dedicated to assisting people on the autism spectrum to find and retain employment through specialised recruitment, training and support programs. The program team will adapt and apply existing Specialisterne techniques used in the IT sector, to support candidates through the recruitment, employment and evaluation process in the agriculture sector.
SunPork Farms is a wholly Australian-owned, integrated pork production enterprise based on more than 40 years of family farming traditions. Our business has grown, developed and now brings together 38,500 sows across 34 sites in three states, representing 15% of Australian pork production and supporting rural communities in South Australia.
SunPork Farms is committed to the care and welfare of our pigs and the production of high quality, sustainable, Australian pork. We believe that the integration of the diverse skills and attributes of people with autism into our business will have far-reaching consequences for SunPork Farms’ animals, its people and their communities. In particular:
SunPork Farms seeks 4 motivated individuals to join our organisation in Pig Care positions, in South Australia.
Based at piggeries in the Sheaoak Log and Wasleys regions of South Australia, these are unique positions working directly in the care of our livestock.
SunPork Farms is committed to the care and welfare of our pigs and the production of high quality, sustainable, Australian pork. We believe that people on the autism spectrum with an affinity for animals have specialist skills that will enhance our capabilities.
If you love or have an interest in animals we encourage you to apply.
Reporting to the Unit Manager and supported by a career mentor, your responsibilities may include;
Your animal health career will be developed with on and off-farm training, supported by your career mentor. SunPork Farms operates a nationally recognised registered training organisation (RTO), through which the development of further skills and qualifications is strongly supported. Opportunities for career progression are available.
All pigs are housed indoors, creating a comfortable environment for both our animals and workforce.
Positions will involve;
Applicants for our South Australian positions must live within an easy daily commute of Sheaoak Log or Wasleys. Assistance with travel to and from work may be available in the form of car-pooling.
Complete the online application questionnaire.
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Please send your response via email along with evidence of a positive ASD or Asperger Syndrome diagnosis i.e. Diagnostic Assessment or a letter from a Treating Medical Practitioner via e-mail to:
APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY
5PM ON 20 JANUARY 2017 at the LATEST!
There are three steps in the application process outlined below. Only successful candidates at each stage will progress to the next stage of the process.
Three-day workshop overview
The workshop is designed to measure affinity and aptitude for the position.
Expected dates for workshop
Two-week training program overview
After the workshop, successful candidates will be notified of acceptance to a two-week (Week 1: Tuesday to Thursday, Week 2: Tuesday to Thursday) training program (transport and lunch provided). If accepted, you will be paid for the 2 week training program. Candidates must make their own way to Sheaoak Log for the work shop and training periods. Recommendations and assistance regarding accommodation and other local services will be provided.
Successful candidates notified
After the training program, successful candidates will be notified that they have been offered an animal care position with SunPork Farms. These positions will be subject to a 6 month probation period. Candidates not offered a job at this stage will receive notification that their application has not been successful. Specialisterne Australia will meet with unsuccessful candidates after the assessment is complete and work with them to identify other training or employment options.
For further information please contact Employment Services Manager Jay Hobbs via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 04144 08643.
We look forward to hearing from you!