Fletcher International Exports nominated for a National Employment Services Association award

Team effort: Fletcher International Exports WHS officer Dominique Power, maintenance manager Mick Toovey, electrical manager Ian Yeo, plant manager             Jason Herbert, WHS committee chairman, Wade Graham, WHS committee representative Steve Martin, CEO Melissa Fletcher and WHS manager Maddy Herbert work together to achieve outcomes. Photo contributed.
Team effort: Fletcher International Exports WHS officer Dominique Power, maintenance manager Mick Toovey, electrical manager Ian Yeo, plant manager Jason Herbert, WHS committee chairman, Wade Graham, WHS committee representative Steve Martin, CEO Melissa Fletcher and WHS manager Maddy Herbert work together to achieve outcomes. Photo contributed.

Albany- and Dubbo-based Fletcher International Exports has been nominated for the National Employment Services Association (NESA) Champion Employer of the Year Award.

This is one of five Awards for Excellence offered each year by NESA for outstanding performance and achievement within the employment services sector.

In conjunction with SureWay Employment and Training at Dubbo, Fletcher’s (as the business is locally known) has built up a dedicated workforce of more than 700 employees.

It also boasts a high percentage of indigenous staff, including seven members of the upper management team, and chief executive officer Melissa Fletcher.

The company has first-hand knowledge and understanding of the hurdles facing indigenous Australians seeking work, and maintains strong connections with local indigenous communities in their two locations.

As one of Australia’s most diversely integrated agribusinesses, specialising in the processing, logistics and farming of sheep and lamb meat products, Fletcher’s has always maintained a particular focus on supporting staff development and internal career management.

Award hopefuls: WHS committee members Madalyn Chown, Steve Martin, Maddy Herbert, Tommy Fernando, Dominique Power, Rob Eather and Wade Graham celebrate the business's nomination. Photo contributed.

Award hopefuls: WHS committee members Madalyn Chown, Steve Martin, Maddy Herbert, Tommy Fernando, Dominique Power, Rob Eather and Wade Graham celebrate the business's nomination. Photo contributed.

Its only recruitment requirement is a positive attitude and a willingness to “have a go”, and as a Registered Training Organisation, it offers staff nationally accredited professional development courses, guaranteeing constant sustainable career opportunities.

Training officers and supervisors within Fletcher’s dedicated HR department provide additional ongoing support where needed.

The cooperation with SureWay assures that pathways into employment are fully supported at every stage.

SureWay and Fletcher’s regularly co-host forums on pre-employment training, and cooperate in the assurance of good job seeking and interviewing skills for job seekers.

“Fletcher International Exports are a fine example of a business that understands how to build and maintain a diverse and non-discriminatory workforce,” NESA chief Sally Sinclair said.

“Their approach to staff retention is smart and successful, and it is with pleasure that we see them recognised for their continuing good work with this award nomination.”

The winner of the NESA Champion Employer of the Year Award will be announced at the NESA National Conference, to be held in Melbourne on August 22-23.

In 1988 Roger Fletcher commissioned a greenfield site at Dubbo for an abattoir.

The business has continued to expand in the decades since, with upgrades to both the Dubbo and Albany plants and the addition of a freight rail terminal at Dubbo.