No labour shortage here as Warwick butcher attracts students
WARM smiles and cheery banter ensure Warwick's meat industry is safe from the labour shortages experienced throughout the rest of the country.
Teens as young as 15 are lining up for jobs at family owned butcher W. Carey and Sons, bucking a national trend of similar businesses across regional Australia struggling to fill jobs.
Owner and manager Wayne Carey said they had no difficulty attracting younger people into the industry.
"A lot of them start up as wash-up boys coming in after school,” he said.
"Then if they're going good we offer them a position, and that's how a lot of ours have started off.”
Mr Carey said management worked hard to keep employees happy at work.
"We try to have a friendly environment and look after one another here,” he said.
"It's a bit different from other places.”
The approach worked, with many employees choosing to spend their entire working lives with the company.
One employee that never wants to leave is butcher Melissa Nolan, who was hired after walking past and repeatedly asking if they had any jobs on offer.
Miss Nolan said she was shocked when one of the butchers finally turned around and offered her a full-time position.
"I was like, are you serious?” she said.
"I was just trying to give that bloke a bit of cheek.”
Six months later, Miss Nolan asked to begin a formal apprenticeship.
"I said, 'Well you may as well because I'm never leaving',” she said.
"These have been some of the best days of my life.”
Miss Nolan said the business offered connections, support and learning opportunities for young people looking to get a start in the industry.