In Castlemaine, north of Melbourne, the Don Smallgoods manufacturing site is a local landmark, employing up to 1,500 people on any given day. DON® has been working with Jobs Victoria to build its recruitment strategies and processes. Jobs Victoria's tailored support program introduces potential employees to the work they will be doing before committing them to the application process and continues to support them once they are in the job.
Currently, around 40 employees at Don Smallgoods have been recruited through the Jobs Victoria partnership and 30 more will soon join the business.
Jobs Victoria helps prepare jobseekers prior to interview, including a tour of the climate controlled factory, so they are fully aware of what’s involved in the job. The majority of these jobseekers are from multicultural backgrounds and Don Smallgoods and Jobs Victoria work with them to ensure they have language support.
Since 1947, the DON® name has been synonymous with ham, bacon and Smallgoods Australia-wide. Out of a small Essendon store, butcher R.J. Gilbertson began producing a range of processed meats that stayed true to the curing tradition of smallgoods found in Europe. Through a steadfast commitment to quality, his business became one of the biggest names in the Australian food landscape. Today DON® is Australia’s best known and loved smallgoods brand that connects Australians through the simple pleasures of DON Smallgoods, including some iconic products: DON Kabana, DON Strasburg, DON Hungarian Salami and DON Footy Franks, all manufactured at the Castlemaine site. Australians are all familiar with the brand's motto: "Is DON. Is GOOD.®"
Don Smallgoods is a leading regional employer in Victoria, and Castlemaine’s largest enterprise. Jobs Victoria recently visited the Castlemaine site to profile the successful recruitment partnership. Labour Planner Anthony Richardson and Bacon Manufacturing Manager Josh Dray told us that working with Jobs Victoria has taken the pressure off recruitment in busy times, and has broadened their horizons in regards to the type of candidates they recruit.
For a business like Don Smallgoods, being a functional part of their local community is very important. Working with Jobs Victoria, Don Smallgoods has been able to maximise its recruitment, especially during peak periods, and deepen its recruitment processes in terms of culture and job satisfaction.