Release type: Joint Media Release


Training and on-the-job experience lead to local career opportunities


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment

Member for Hindmarsh Matt Williams was joined today by the Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker to review the innovative approach to training and staff development being used at Drakes Supermarkets, Henley Beach.

“The Australian Government understands the importance to business of a highly trained and productive workforce,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Sadly, too much time and money can be wasted on training courses that do not help someone to find or keep a job, or meet the needs of an employer.

“Drakes Supermarkets are to be commended for their mix of on-the-job and formal training that has opened up new career paths for hundreds of staff in recent years across their retail operations.

“The Australian Government is keen to see more businesses follow Drakes's example.

“The new Training for Employment Scholarship announced this week will provide funding to small and medium enterprises in regional Australia so they can put in place an appropriate mix of training strategies like those that have been used here at Drakes.

“In addition, the Government has a range of incentives to help employers and job seekers, including: the Job Commitment Bonus to encourage young job seekers to get and keep a job; Relocation Assistance to help meet the costs of moving to take up a job; and wage subsidies for eligible job seekers on income support."

Member for Hindmarsh Matt Williams welcomed the Assistant Minister’s visit to the region and congratulated Drakes Supermarkets for their commitment to employing locals.

“In 1974, Roger Drake bought his first store, a three-lane supermarket called Jack & Jill’s with four employees," Mr Williams said.

"Now, some 40 years later, Drakes Supermarkets have 50 stores in two states and employ over 4500 people.

“As a leading employer in South Australia, Mr Drake has shared some valuable insights into employment in South Australia, and ways that business and government can work together to create local jobs.

“Mr Drake understands that every company’s best resource is their staff, and they have placed a high importance on targeted staff training.

"As a Registered Training Organisation, Drakes offers opportunities for all employees to undertake nationally recognised training.

“These qualifications range from Certificates I and II through to Diplomas in various disciplines, including retail, food processing and handling, IT, and business and management.

“Drakes is a fantastic example of how targeted training and on-the-job experience can lead to real career opportunities for locals in our region."