Costa Berry Category wins award for professional development

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The Costa Berry Category’s commitment to providing ongoing training and development for its staff has been recognised at the annual Sunny’s Business Awards, run by the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce.

The Costa Berry Category was the recipient of the award for Professional Development and Staff Training, which recognises businesses that provide ongoing training to their staff – both in house or through external training organisations.

David Jordan, General Manager of the Berry Category, said the award was recognition of the emphasis Costa placed on providing a learning and development framework across the whole business.

“People are at the heart of the Costa business and we are committed to providing opportunities for our team members to develop long-term careers,” Mr Jordan said.

“We also acknowledge the important role we play as a major regional employer to contribute to the long-term development and sustainability of our communities.”

Led by a small but dedicated Human Resources team, a raft of new training programs have been designed, developed and delivered. In addition to the training programs, Costa has also implemented a traineeship program, working with local high schools and VET providers to offer new job opportunities across the regions in which it operates.