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What career options are available in the smallgoods sector?

The Smallgoods sector, which includes large manufacturers, employs around 6,800 workers at approximately 160 mainly urban-based establishments.

The smallgoods sector provides career opportunities in packaging, smallgoods manufacturing, laboratory, quality assurance and management. Click here for more career opportunities.

Workers in the smallgoods industry may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare meat for sale by removing bones and trimming fat
  • make seasonings, flavouring agents and pickling solutions and pickle meat according to recipes
  • preparing crumbed cuts of meat to produce smallgoods
  • operating machines to grind, mix, mince and tenderise meat.

My name is Linda, I have worked at Don KRC (a Division of George Weston Foods Limited) in the Training Department for the last 3 years. Starting at our Castlemaine site as a Training Assistant, I am now the Site Training Coordinator at our Altona plan and look after all the training needs of Operations, Supply Chain and Technical Departments. I love that my role is challenging, gives me a lot of variety and the opportunity to work with many different people right across the business.

The best thing about my role is that I am able to help people develop, both personally and professionally. There are many career pathways within Smallgoods and the Meat Processing industry and I am proud to be part of that development process for both the people and the industry.

Linda Quinton

How do I start my career in the smallgoods industry?

An Australian Apprenticeship in the Meat Industry will provide you with the training to kickstart your career. New Apprenticeships are available in abattoir operations, smallgoods manufacture, food service and retail butchery. For more information on getting an Australian Apprenticeship, log onto

For more information on what a career in the meat industry involves, log onto

Find out what job vacancies are available locally by searching job advertisements in newpapers or online - is a good site to begin your search.

Once you have accepted a job, your employer will organise your traineeship/apprenticeship for you.

Contact your local meat processing plant or retailer to find out about job vacancies.

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