About Woodlands Dairy
Woodlands Dairy is a family-owned group under the Gutsche name that started out as a humble farm in the year 1995. During its beginnings, the group was simply a packaging plant that has been opened specifically to accommodate for all of the produced milk on Woodlands Farm. Located directly on the Easter Cape dairy area, which is situated within the South African Garden Route, the group is home to a total of 1400 employees that put their heart and soul into their line of work. Whether it’s in dairy milk production, or attending to customers, Woodlands Dairy provides their ultimate best in whatever they do.
Operating for more than 20 years already, Woodlands Dairy has organically grown into one of South Africa’s most prominent UHT milk manufacturers. Recognizing the high quality that is put into the milk that is produced, Woodlands Dairy has been given the prestigious FIRST CHOICE® recognition, and their dairy products are trusted by the likes of Woolworths and SPAR. Most South Africans are able to recognize Woodlands Dairy products in the aisles of shops and supermarkets. These products include, of course, UHT Milk, butter, custard, ice cream, amasi, dessert toppings, and many more.
Farmers are not just the only human asset at Woodlands Dairy – this one big company is comprised of many teams that work directly on the farms, and also outside of it as well. Take a look below to see the teams that make up Woodlands Dairy:
1. Product Development and Contract Packaging
This in-house team focuses on researching on whats trending in the dairy markets, and what kinds of products are currently in demand by the general public. Marketing researches are conducted as a means to better understand the needs of their beloved consumers.
Farmers are the heart of the company. Not only do they directly take part in attaining the milk needed for further production, but they also bear the responsibility in tending to their pasture-fed cows. In order to provide the best quality of milk, taking care of the cows in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner is just as important. Hence, their Woodlands Dairy Sustainability Programme.
3. Production Plant
The production team assists in transforming raw milk into suitable, ready-to-use dairy products. Under the advanced technology facilities, the already skilled workers are able to reach their production targets on a daily basis. Additionally, since hygiene is a number one priority in the company, everything is conducted through sanitary methods to ensure the safety and cleanliness.
4. Sales and Export
Making sure that their products are distributed in the appropriate shops and outlets, the sales and export team goes out of their way to keep in touch with their partnering South African food service outlets, stores, and wholesales. With Port Elizabeth harbour a couple of miles away from their operations, the company is able to transport their goods in an strategic and quick manner.
Supporting Benefits from the Company
Happy workers, happy company – employees of Woodlands Dairy are given the right amount of treatment to ensure that they are motivated enough to bring their best to the table. The company believes in offering several benefits which truly supports their employees both inside and outside the workplace. Some of these company benefits include:
- On-site clinic: employees may receive direct check-up and exception health services with the company’s part-time doctor and full-time. Furthermore, medical surveys are conducted so that the company can keep an eye on their employees well-being
- Medical aid: this membership is offered for employees who meet the necessary requirements and qualifications
- Bursary scheme: company employees who currently have children may encourage them to pursue their higher education under a bursary scheme at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (bursaries are only provided for freshman year of studies)
- Staff Engagement: employees are free to actively provide insight, feedback, and input for the company.
Woodlands Dairy Learnership Programme 2020-2021
Woodlands Dairy is offering beneficial learnership programmes for unemployed matriculants who would like to be a part of the dairy company for 12 months. Under the combination of both theoretical assessments, as well as practical working sessions, selected participants of the Woodlands Dairy Learnership is available for anyone who has their eyes on the field of dairy processing. There will be a list of courses that will be covered throughout the entire duration of the programme, which includes: Milk Reception, Nature of Milk, CIP & COP, and Lab Testing. Upon successful completion of the learnership, participants will be entitled to a qualification that will be extremely beneficial in searching for future employment.
Before you can get started on the Woodlands Dairy Learnership, there are a few requirements that must be fulfilled. Each of these items will be the key determining factors of your acceptance into the learnership. It is highly crucial that you pay great attention to them and have these things secured.
The Woodlands Dairy Learnership Eligibility Criteria are as follows:
- Officially recognized as a citizen of South Africa
- Must be unemployed at the moment
- Currently between the ages of 18-23 years old
- Holds a Matric examination qualification
- Has not had any prior work experience
- Owns all of these documents below:
- A valid copy of your original Senior Certificate
- A valid copy of your Identity Document
Note: The committee will NOT accept a statement of results.
How to Register
Apply online: Woodslands Dairy Learnership programme 2021 (Raw milk, cream handling and storage).
Registration for the Woodlands Dairy Learnership are conducted online. To get started, all candidates must apply online via link above. After you have accessed the site, you can start filling in the form with the required information. Once all the information has been provided you can immediately submit your applications to this provided e-mail address: [email protected]. Do not forget to indicate the position name that you would like to apply on the Subject Line – this will give the committee an easier time looking for your applications. Please be kindly informed that Woodlands Dairy is adhering to their employment equity values, but this opportunity is still worth to try! After all, you’ll not only receive a chance to experience farm work, but also the amazing lifestyle on the windy coasts of Humansdorp within the lush Garden Route.
The Woodlands Dairy Learnereship is still available for registration 30 September 2020. Everything must be sent before the allotted date. Late applications will automatically be disregarded by the selection committee and you will be disqualified.
All information provided on the form must be complete and accurate. Candidates discovered to be giving out incomplete or false information may be disqualified from the application procedure. Additionally, please be kindly advised that Woodlands Dairy is abiding to their Employment Equity principles. Therefore, the company will be offering equal opportunities to people of different demographics from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.
Woodlands Dairy Contact
Telephone: +27 42 200 3400
Hotline: +27 86 110 1560
E-mail: [email protected]
Reference: Woodlands Dairy Learnership Programmes