ABP UK has formed a partnership with Leeds City College to help promote and encourage careers in the meat industry.
ABP will invest in specialist equipment and work placement opportunities for students, as well as providing demonstrations and talks from industry experts. There are also plans for an annual award to be introduced to recognise students’ talents and achievements.
ABP said it wanted to provide progression opportunities into employment through the partnership. It runs a graduate scheme which it said could provide a potential stepping stone into various areas of the meat industry.
“We are committed to investing in young talent for the future. We currently employ almost 1,000 people - many of whom have progressed within the company through our graduate scheme which offers career development paths across sales, marketing, livestock, technical and engineering disciplines,” said Mandy Thompson, from ABP graduate development. “We are delighted to partner with Leeds City College in helping develop the next generation of skilled butchers for Yorkshire and beyond, and we are confident this partnership will help promote butchery as an attractive career path for school leavers and those thinking about entering the meat processing industry.”
Leeds City College’s James Richardson added: “This collaboration shows both parties’ commitment to educating the industry’s future workforce.”