This Week in the Market edition 130 – 9 May 2017

In today’s This Week in the Market, an update on the Greengrocery training program, search and locate businesses using the Melbourne Market Navigator app and store PIR door maintenance.

Market News

Greengrocery training program update

Some of Melbourne’s best greengrocers have been working with the MMA and Melbourne Polytechnic to advise on the subjects and content required for a Certification 2 and 3 in Greengrocery.

This will ensure there’s a pool of skilled and knowledgeable individuals available and capable of providing excellent customer service and great produce, as well as operating modern stores.

The MMA announced last year it was working with Melbourne Polytechnic to establish a Greengrocery training program to address a lack of formal training and qualifications in the industry, which has been a longstanding issue.

On behalf of the industry, we would like to thank the following greengrocers for being generous with their time and knowledge in creating this course:

  • Brad Vincent – Marketplace (A&S Wholesale)
  • Leon Mugavin – The Leaf
  • Nic Gangemi – Gangemi Fruit Market
  • Tony Mecca – Mecca Brothers

Enrolments for the Certification 2 and 3 in greengrocery will be accepted later this year.

Search and locate businesses in the Market

Do you know the Melbourne Market Navigator app includes an up-to-date business directory? This means you can search and locate businesses in the Market quickly and easily.

Aside from the business directory, the app includes location maps and traffic updates, so you’re always in the loop with what’s happening on the roads.

The Melbourne Market Navigator app is free to download – click here to find out more.

Store PIR door maintenance

You may have noticed we’ve been undertaking maintenance on sliding PIR doors and roller doors on the stores in the Buyers’ Walk over the past week.

This is part of the annual planned maintenance programme and ensures that the doors continue to operate properly.

These works will continue for the next three weeks and business principals have been notified when their scheduled maintenance is taking place.

If you’re a storeholder and you haven’t received your notification yet about this maintenance, please contact the Market’s Facilities Supervisor, Matthew Vasilevski on 0428 244 880.

Industry News

Forklift refresher training course dates

Forklift refresher training provided on site at the Melbourne Market will assist safety conscious organisations to keep their workers’ skills up to date and current.

The training will provide workers with information about current WorkSafe regulations and/or legislation and standard operating procedures as well as site safety and safe driving principles.

Training will be delivered at the Melbourne Market in 3 hour blocks over a 2-day period for a total of 6 hours.

Training Dates:

16 and 17 May, 2017
20 and 21 June, 2017

Time: 8.00am to 11.00am
Cost: $324.50 (includes GST)

At the end of the course participants will receive a certificate of participation.

For further information regarding the, call 03 9269 8615 or email:

The 2018 Nuffield Scholarships

Applications for the 2018 Nuffield Scholarships for Australian Primary Producers are now open.

Aiming to develop current, emerging and future leaders within Australian industries, each scholarship offers a $30,000 bursary to enable the successful applicants to study cutting-edge global agriculture.

A range of scholarships are available across multiple industries, including a vegetable grower scholarship supported by Horticulture Innovation Australia.

For more information on these scholarships and information on how to apply, please click here.

Join Team Foodbank for Run Melbourne

Foodbank Victoria is calling for runners/walkers to join Team Foodbank for this year Run Melbourne event on Sunday 30 July.

Run Melbourne is a fun, exciting and healthy way to support Foodbank Victoria. Set your targets high, we’ll inspire you to train and assist you throughout your fundraising journey. This year, we are hoping to raise over $25,000 to help feed Victorians in need.

To register for Run Melbourne please click here. Registrations close 26 July.

Remember to also join Team Foodbank and set up your fundraising page so your friends, family and colleagues can follow your journey and donate to your page.

Any questions please email Foodbank Victoria here.

Key Dates

Forklift Refresher Training

  • Tuesday, 16 May 2017
  • Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Northern Health’s Run Walk’n Chalk

  • Sunday, 21 May 2017

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