May 18, 2022
The roll-out of the Omnia Fresh Food program has continued, with the opening of a new mini-supermarket in Albury on the NSW-Victorian border. With sites already operational in Gosford and Southport, the inclusive training facility in Albury marks an exciting next step in the expanding relationship between Woolworths, Fujitsu and Omnia Inclusive Employment Solutions, as the program enters regional communities for the first time.
Cisco joins Omnia Fresh Food.
In even better news for regional job-seekers, Albury participants will also be able to benefit from the new Omnia Fresh Food skills development studio where Fujitsu have provided 10 corporate grade laptops, and Cisco have provided a Cisco Webex Board. Utilising the powerful collaboration tools of the Cisco Webex Board, the new studio will complement the Omnia Fresh Food program by providing an interactive learning experience for participants.
“A fantastic idea!”
According to long-time Woolworths team member, Sharnae Berresford, who lives with autism, the Omnia Fresh Food mini-supermarkets are a fantastic idea. “The Albury training centre will be excellent for people who live with a disability, like me, and who want to work at Woolworths like I do. They’ll be able to learn how to use the cash registers and stock the shelves, in a relaxed environment, where there are no distractions or pressures. And because they learn everything in the training centre, they have confidence, and they can talk to the customers and enjoy doing their job well from the get-go. Thumbs up!”
Empowering individuals, for life.
By replicating actual Woolworths supermarkets, the Omnia Fresh Food program provides highly-realistic retail spaces, purpose-designed to cater to the specific training needs of adults with disability. Deborrah Lambourne, CEO of Omnia Inclusive, explained this plays an invaluable role in the wider Omnia Inclusive curriculum.
“Omnia Fresh Food empowers our participants with essential skills required in workplaces across various roles and industries,” Deborrah said at the Albury launch. “It’s often those day-to-day things we all take for granted – like making small talk, approaching and engaging with customers, problem solving, money handling, and numeracy and literacy skills – all learnt at their own pace in a dedicated space, enabling them to excel in their lifelong employment journey.”
“The Albury launch also marks the introduction of our very first Cisco Webex Board,” she continued. “This remarkable technology enhances the learning experience through enabling interactive presentations, virtual guest speakers, and inclusion of participants from remote areas in our group training – complementing the workplace experience our participants receive from the Omnia Fresh Food program.”
Omnia Fresh Food Albury officially launched on 18 May 2022 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the Mayor of Albury, Kylie King, and Deputy Mayor, Steve Bowen.