‘Awesome’ to graduate with improved skills

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Tapping talent . . . Computer skills were part of the expertise Cargill Enterprises worker Deborah Rielly gained from a literacy and numeracy course. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

South Dunedin student Deborah Rielly rattles off the adjectives when recalling her graduation ceremony this week.

“It was great, wonderful, awesome.”

In front of her husband, mother and aunty, she celebrated completing unit standards to complete an adult literacy and numeracy course.

She was one of 20 Cargill Enterprises staff graduating the “Cargill Academy” course at a ceremony in the South Dunedin Community Hub on Monday night.

Cargill Enterprises, in Hillside Rd, employs 89 people with intellectual and physical disabilities, providing them with work ranging from timber processing to e-waste decommissioning, food packing and assembly services.

Since finishing the course, Mrs Rielly was more confident in taking on computer work.

The skills she learned helped her secure a part-time job at Rainbow Preschool in South Dunedin.

“I just love it there.”

The Good Training Company founder Laura Franklin said she approached Cargill Enterprises about being able to provide specialist training for people with intellectual disabilities.

The first Cargill Academy programme started in February 2017.

Mrs Rielly was among the second group of Cargill workers to graduate. The first group of 21 graduated last April.

Mrs Franklin added another adjective to describe the graduation on Monday.

“It was pretty special.”