O-I Sydney: new workers sought at Penrith glass plant

O-I Sydney“s Training coordinator Doug De Cean has announced that the Penrith-based company was looking at ways to bring in new workers to compensate a potential problem with an ageing workforce.
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O-I Sydney“s Training coordinator Doug De Cean has announced that the Penrith-based company was looking at ways to bring in new workers to compensate a potential problem with an ageing workforce. Our turnover of workers is at about 1 or 2%, but in the long term we are looking at a very ageing workforce, he said. In the next 10 years we might lose about 30% of our workforce here.” That“s one of the issues that many industries have and the Australian Industry Group is looking at their options to help a steady flow of people leaving and then coming in.” It“s a very dangerous environment in the factory and very hot, so we must train our new staff to have the experience of our old staff. We want to keep our workers“ skills up so we can maintain the current quality that we produce. O-I Sydney, which supplies glass packaging to manufacturers of various products, including beer, wine, sauce bottles and jam glass, offers in-house training at its Penrith site. It also won Employer of the Year in the prestigious NSW Training Awards this year. This company had a plan 10 years ago for all their workers to have qualifications in glass manufacturing and it is now coming into fruition, he said. Someone walks in the door and could have no qualifications whatsoever but can leave 10 years later and have two certificates.” The awards are a significant win for the local area. It shows the company“s ability to provide quality training and opportunities for work.