AUS-MEAT Limited is again offering two aspiring food safety auditors in Australia the opportunity to kick start their career with a grant to complete a lead auditor food safety training course.
Each year, AUS-MEAT Limited runs the Duane Leadbetter Food Safety Study Memorial Award to support two aspiring food safety auditors—one from the meat processing industry and one from the horticulture industry—to receive training to help boost their career.
The winners receive funding of up to AU $5,000 to complete the course. The grant covers the cost of flights, accommodation, and travel expenses.
The award was established in 2016 in memory of Duane Leadbetter—a key figure in developing and promoting food safety auditing programs in Australia. The award acknowledges Leadbetter’s inspirational role and is in keeping with his passion for education and training within the industry.
Previous winners of the Duane Leadbetter Food Safety Study Memorial Award include:
- Horticulture: Sarah Downs—Australian Food Corp, Keystone Foods
- Meat Processing: Meagan Abbott—Thomas Foods International, Murray Bridge
The requirements to enter are as follows:
- The entrant must be an aspiring food safety auditor
- The entrant must be working full time in the meat processing or horticulture industries in Australia
- The entrant must have 12 months continuous service in either meat processing or horticulture
- The entrant must have approval from their employer to complete the course
- The entrant must be over 18 years of age
In addition to their application form, entrants are required to submit a 300-word statement on why they should be awarded the study grant.
Entries for the 2018 awards program close on July 31. The awards will be presented at the AUS-MEAT Staff Conference and Industry Forum at Mooloolaba, Queensland, on August 20.
Click here to view the application form.