Mexico’s Desert Farms has become a key backer of a national scheme to improve the quality of life of migrant labourers through better training and education.
The company recently held a graduation ceremony for 340 migrant farmworkers who have been officially certified in vegetable cutting in an initiative backed by the federal and state government.
Under the scheme, volunteers are trained during breaks by technical engineers to improve their skills and boost their future job prospects. It is part of a nationwide initiative that this year received 900 applications, of which Desert Farms accounted for more than a third.
“Each year we work to offer our employees these benefits, trying to create better job possibilities for our workers in future,” said CEO Bram Hulshoff.
“With these official certificates employees are more likely to get contracted within the agricultural sector as it is easier for potential employers to identify their skills and experience.”
The certificates were awarded during a ceremony attended by several federal and state government officials and managers and staff of the company.