The British poultry industry launched a new apprenticeship at the British Pig & Poultry Fair earlier this summer. The new poultry apprenticeship scheme has been designed to bring skilled workers into the sector. It also aims to develop the existing skills and talent of those already working in the industry.
The scheme was launched by a cross-industry group which includes the NFU, the British Poultry Council and Poultec. The poultry sector is making a significant investment into its workforce and its future with this scheme.
There will be two apprenticeships available: a standard apprenticeship which will focus on all-round development and include a work-based diploma and a higher-level apprenticeship targeted at farm and hatchery managers.
Other apprenticeships are being developed across the food supply chain and are a great way to encourage young people to work in the agriculture industry where they can have a long and promising career.
Thomas Wornham, NFU poultry board chairman, commented: “these apprenticeships will play a huge role in attracting new talent to our sector…apprenticeships offer farmers an excellent way to recruit new people and develop their skills, and ensure farm businesses can continue to be productive, profitable and progressive.”
Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council, added: “recruiting, training and retaining high-calibre talent will take our sector from strength to strength and will bolster the heart of Britain’s food supply to secure it for generations to come.”
You can find out more about the new poultry apprenticeship schemes and how to apply by visiting www.poultrypassport.org