The job of a taste tester at the Darrell Lea Factory Outlet could be one of the most sought-after roles in Australia. It certainly was of interest to our Ingleburn SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) program trainees who visited the Darrell Lea factory outlet this month for a sweet insight into the confectionery industry.

Industry visits give trainees the opportunity to see workplaces in action. They can experience the fast-paced nature of a variety of businesses and can see firsthand the responsibilities and skills needed for a variety of roles.

At the Darrell Lea store, trainees participated in a tour led by the retail store manager, Sharon. Sharon talked about the roles and duties of the different sections of the company. Trainees learned about everything from how employees prepare ingredients and operate machinery, through to delivering top customer service.

Trainees had many questions for Sharon. They were interested in finding out more about what the job of taste tester really involved – and how they could apply!

Sharon also discussed the similarities of the factory to the well-known book and movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Everyone was excited to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how all the delicious chocolate is prepared, moulded and set to be ready for purchase.

SLES is a two-year program that gives young school leavers the chance to explore their work interests and gain practical experience about work life.

Find out more about how Afford’s SLES program can support you to get the best start in the workforce.

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