By Colin MacGillivray

ONE of Kilmore’s largest private employers has bucked Australia’s rising unemployment trend during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

NVC Precast, formerly North-Vic Constructions, is a construction company that manufactures and supplies precast concrete for the civil construction industry across Victoria and southern New South Wales.

The business has more than 50 full-time employees, with an additional 30-plus contractors also employed at any one time.

NVC Precast general manager of business and finance Ortensio Caroli said the company was holding strong, despite the pandemic, and had plans to bring more workers on board.

He said strict COVID-19 safety procedures had kept the business operating almost at normal capacity.

“Our contracts haven’t dropped off; if anything, we’re looking to employ another six to 10 people over the next few months,” he said.

“It’s really about finding the right fit. We use third-party apprentice agencies to assist us.

“They have access to individuals who may have had their apprentices halted for whatever reason or have an interest in precast construction.”

“Two of our boilermaker apprentices have come from the manufacturing industry, both were looking at precast due to the different challenges it brings.

“Some of what we build is truly impressive and the process behind it means the days are rarely repetitive in nature.”