S E C T I O N 5 : We Care About Our People
We have been working on developing our purpose and vision through a series of workshops with our people in August and September, which sets up the framework for developing the culture work. LIVESTOCK EXCELLENCE PRO GR AMME Our livestock representatives meet and talk with our farmers every day. The Livestock Excellence Programme, which includes training and support for our livestock representatives, aims to help them help farmers. Alliance’s livestock representatives are our farmers’ trusted counsel and we are providing them with the right tools to ensure farmers can make informed decisions for the benefit of their farm business. A significant focus this year has been professional development for our livestock representatives. At the annual livestock team conference in Timaru in June, they were guided in how to have more effective conversations with our farmers so they can better understand their needs and what is important to them. Alliance’s livestock representatives also participated in a facilitation skills training course run through the Red Meat Profit Partnership to support them to lead small group discussions such as plant tours, woolshed meetings or RMPP Action Network Action Groups.
ALLIANCE ANNUAL REP ORT 2018
We also had a number of new livestock representatives joining the team and they had exposure to the wider business as part of their induction. We are leveraging the experience and skills of the long-serving members of the team to develop their livestock assessment and farmer relationship management skills. 2 0 1 8 T E RT I A RY E D U C AT I O N B U R S A RY R EC I P I E N T S We award a range of bursaries to school leavers who are children of Alliance shareholders or employees and are planning to pursue a course of study relating to the meat industry, its associated industries and/or primary production. Our 2018 Undergraduate Bursary, of $2,000 per year for three years, was awarded to Matthew Fraser, son of Laurence and Roslyn Fraser, who farm on the WallacetownRiverton Highway, Southland. Matthew will be studying for a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. The Employee Bursary Group 3, of $1,500 per year for three years, was awarded to Tyler Donnelly, son of Venison Production Manager Martin Donnelly. Tyler will be studying for a Bachelor of Design Communication at Otago Polytechnic. The Employee Bursary Group 2 of $1,500 for three years, was awarded to Alex Hardy, son of Lynette Hardy, Finance and Administration Manager at our Pukeuri plant. Alex will be studying for a degree in Quantity Surveying and Construction Management at Otago Polytechnic.