Parmalat: Dairy giant raises its glass to MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees

MIGAS brings 30 years’ experience to recruiting, training and retaining staff in the Australian skilled trades sector.

Teaming up with MIGAS represented a new beginning for the company’s Nambour Factory, who previously recruited and managed their own apprentices and decided they needed additional support.

“Our apprenticeship program wasn’t meeting the needs of our business, so it’s been a relief to have come so far since welcoming MIGAS on board,” said Parmalat Site Manager Jamie Hargans.

“MIGAS took the time to really understand our business and what we were looking for. The first apprentice they put forward was spot on and we haven’t looked back since,” said Jamie.

Third year fitter and turner apprentice Luke Taylor hit the ground running from day one.

“Luke has such maturity and operates at a level beyond his years. He manages his own workload and is well in line to be offered a role as a tradesman should we have a position available when he completes his apprenticeship,” Jamie said.

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Fitter and Turner apprentice, Luke Taylor (centre), represents Parmalat as a 2016 Metal & Engineering Queensland State Finalist in the MIGAS Excellence in Trades Awards.


“It’s been such a positive experience for our particular site we’ve decided to bring another apprentice on through MIGAS as soon as Luke becomes qualified, and ensure we always have an apprentice in one trade or another here.”

Jamie said he had learned first hand the clear advantages of choosing the right Group Training Organisation (GTO).

“Having external input to choose the right person is invaluable, as well as knowing you have additional flexibility and support if it doesn’t turn out to be the right fit,” said Jamie.

“We also like how MIGAS wraps up everything financially into the one basket – it is easier to keep on top of. We’ve found it a very cost effective way to manage our apprentices and of course we like how it frees up time for us to concentrate on running the business.”

What stood out to Jamie was the consistently excellent service provided by MIGAS’ Field Officer.

“It gives us comfort seeing how involved MIGAS stays with both us and Luke as he completes his trade, and how quickly they follow up with us where needed. It is more than just a business to them, they take great care and pride in Luke and always have,” said Jamie.

“I’ve also been impressed with the level of support MIGAS provides to apprentices and trainees across Australia. The awards ceremony they arranged for their top performers blew me away – it was very impressive to see them invest so much energy into these young people’s lives.”

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Apprentice and trainee employment

MIGAS provides an end to end solution for the recruitment, placement and ongoing management of high quality apprentices and trainees in skilled trades. Candidates are rigorously screened and tested to ensure their capabilities and attitude match the requirements of the role.

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The recruitment of work-ready apprentices and trainees can be scaled to meet the needs of large, multi-disciplinary projects or smaller specialist projects. MIGAS will consult with you to determine the preferred employment model, skills mix requirements and timeline.


Managed services supports companies that choose to employ apprentices or trainees direct, but wish to outsource the administrative requirements and compliance obligations. MIGAS provides a streamlined approach to managing the apprentice’s employment arrangement so you can get on with the job at hand.


MIGAS can provide a just-in-time resource for short, mid or long term employment in skilled trades. Labour hire is ideal for ongoing projects or when you need a skilled pair of hands on site as soon as possible.


MIGAS proudly boasts one of the highest completion rates for apprentices and trainees in Australia - and that’s no accident. We invest in developing apprenticeship talent through professional development programs to grow problem solving skills, productive behaviours and effective career skills that build confidence and set them on a path of success.


MIGAS is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer which means we treat people on their merits at every stage of the recruitment process. We work to encourage the increased participation of women and Indigenous populations in skilled trades. We believe investing in a diverse workplace creates an engaged, sustainable workforce.

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