Poultry sector gets new apprenticeship scheme

  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save

Apprenticeship poultry

L-R: Andrew Brodie, chairman of British Poultry Training; Thomas Wornham, NFU poultry board chairman and Brian Hainsworth of LEAF Education

Members of the poultry sector have teamed up to create a new apprenticeship scheme, designed to provide a pipeline of skilled workers for the industry and to develop existing talent.

The new scheme will be managed by British Poultry Training - an alliance between the NFU, British Poultry Council and training bodies Lantra and Poultec - with support from farmers and processors including PD Hook, Avara and Moy Park.

The apprenticeships would strengthen the sector’s existing four-level Poultry Passport development scheme, said the NFU. It will be funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

A poultry worker apprenticeship - designed for hatchery operators and stockspeople - and a higher level poultry technician apprenticeship for farm and hatchery managers will replace the sector’s existing poultry NVQ Level 2 and 3 in England later this year.

But as devolved parliaments and assemblies elsewhere in the UK oversee skills policy and the delivery of apprenticeships, the existing NVQ standards will remain in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The new apprenticeships would place “a greater emphasis on all-round development”, in line with other areas of the food supply chain that were also investing in apprenticeships, including food science, butchery, processing and engineering.

“The new apprenticeship standards will help position us as a responsible food sector that is fit for the future and demonstrate how we are playing a vital role in shaping the future of young people,” said BPC chief executive Richard Griffiths.

“Recruiting, training and retaining high-calibre talent will not only take our sector from strength to strength but will also bolster the heart of Britain’s food supply and secure it for generations to come.”

BPT chair Andrew Brodie added: “Our vision for the new model of poultry apprenticeships is one which delivers tangible skills and mentoring in the workplace, leads to a return on investment for the employer and provides full competence for the apprentice.

“Through the new apprenticeship standards, poultry businesses will be able to review and put in place training plans to develop their whole workforce, effectively grow their skills base and offer great apprenticeship opportunities to Britain’s school leavers.”

Have your say

Sign up to a Free 30 day Gold Membership Trial

  • Claim your free trial >>
  • You will be able to:

    - Comment on your industry
    - Read the latest category information
    - Find out more on consumer behaviours to technological advances

    You must sign in to make a comment

    • Print
    • Share
    • Comment
    • Save

    Grocer jobs Experts in FMCG

    HG Stephensons Ltd  Territory Manager – Birmingham South

    Territory Manager – Birmingham South - HG Stephensons Ltd

    Basic Salary c£30,000 + OTE Commission/ Bonus Circ plus company car, phone and laptop
    Search jobs

    DIRECTORY

    The+Grocer+Directory

    CLICK HERE to search for the products, services and companies you need in the definitive guide to the UK food and drink industry.

    Need more than 5 subscriptions? Make your life easier with a Corporate Account. Find out more.

    FOLLOW THE GROCER


    -

     
    Yes!I want to read more     CLAIM FREE TRIAL NOW
     
    Sign up to a 30 day free trial
    CLAIM FREE TRIAL NOW