Qualified workers from the salmon sector will be granted certificates showing their occupational profiles. (Photo: SalmonChile/FIS)
SalmonChile certifies 400 workers’ job skills
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
The Association of the Chilean Salmon Industry AG (SalmonChile) will certify the work experience of about 400 employees in the salmon industry in 15 of the 21 occupational profiles available.
This certification will take place after the successful completion of a new 'Labour Skill Assessment and Certification Project,' led by SalmonChile.
This initiative was joined by workers from the companies Australis Mar SA, Congelados Pacífico SA, Cultivos Marinos Chiloé SA, Mainstream Chile SA, Salmones Camanchaca SA, Troutlodge Chile SA and Ventisqueros SA, distributed among the regions of La Araucanía, Los Lagos and Aysén.
On 19 April the first ceremony will be held to grant the certificates to those workers that participated. It will be attended by Carlos Odebret, SalmonChile general manager; Rodrigo Fernández, regional director of National Training and Employment Service (Sence); local authorities and representatives of salmon firms and of workers’ federations, among other participants.
On 26 April the second ceremony will take place, SalmonChile reported.
The main objectives of the certification of job skills are to improve employability and living conditions, and to identify gaps in training.
Odebret explained that this year not only the certificate will be handed but also a credential identifying each worker with their full name, photograph, occupational profile and job skill units that were passed along with the duration of their certification.
Meanwhile, Eduardo Labbé Peña, head of Risk Prevention Department of Cultivos Marinos Chiloé SA, said the workers of the company "gladly welcomed this initiative and understood that it is part of their development of knowledge and skills."
Regarding the evaluation process, he said that it was conducted smoothly thanks to the coordination and communication maintained with all those involved.
Meanwhile, Loredana González, an analyst of Organizational Development at Salmones Camanchaca SA, commented the company workers were actively involved in this process because "they are aware of the benefits of this certification."
Furhtermore, the Human Relations Manager at Ventisqueros SA, José Pedro Álvarez, pointed out: "The Labour Skill Certification adds value to the qualified worker, who obtains an official standardized recognition of their capabilities and adds value to the company, since it contributes to the measurement of the performance level of its employees in the workplace, showing training needs or the analysis of processes. It is definitely a scenario that benefits us all."
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SalmonChile - Asociación de la Industria del Salmón A.G