Coca-Cola Amatil Hosts Souths Cares Schools to Work Transition Students
Friday 21 December 2012 9:05 AM
Through Souths Cares' Schools to Work transition program, indigenous students are exposed to large organisations to see the diverse sectors and processes on how big organisations operate.
One of the visits Souths Cares took part in is the largest Coca Cola Amatil bay warehouse in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Northmead warehouse is the largest distribution centre for the beverage industry in the world.
Seventeen students from Alexandria Park Community School and South Sydney High School were able to learn more about the Coca Cola industry through HR Manager, Bennett Edel.
Students were accompanied by Bennett and former Rugby Union great and Indigenous Coca Cola Projects Manager, Glen Ella.
Bennett was insightful about the range of employment opportunities, ranging from Supply Chain and Logistics, Sales Marketing, Engineering and diverse number of chains.
Northmead’s distribution centre employs 1000 employees where retention rates are amongst the highest of any other organisation.
Bennett explained how one employee has been working with Coca Cola Amatil for 45 years.
The students experienced a tour of the warehouse where 55,000 pallets are stored ready for pick up from one of many of their Coca Cola trucks.
Students were able to witness from the start where the heating process expands the bottle into the required shape, to the finish where the product is stored waiting for pick up.
At the end of the tour, students were led into a quiet room to ask questions about employment opportunities.
Some of our students identified a particular interest in a certain field where they were able to find out more information.
Contacts were made by some of the year 12 students in regards to following up opportunities within the company.
Souths Cares recognise the benefits when organisations engage with the Schools to Work Transition Program.
Souths Cares looks to provide more engagement for the students in 2013, and we would like to thank the team at Coca-Cola Amatil for hosting the students associated with Souths Cares.