British poultry industry launches new apprenticeship

British poultry industry launches new apprenticeship

A new apprenticeship has been launched for poultry workers, to bring new skilled workers into the sector to develop their talents.

The launch comes from British Poultry Training, and its partners the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), the British Poultry Council (BPC), Lantra and Poultec.

The new offering demonstrates a significant investment from the poultry sector in its workforce, and places a greater emphasis on all-round development.

The apprenticeship will include a work-based diploma and assessments which consider the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for an apprentice to be properly trained.

NFU poultry board chair, Thomas Wornham, said: “The poultry sector is an incredibly rewarding and innovative sector that can offer the next generation a fantastic career.”

Wornham said that the new standards will “play a huge role in attracting new talent to our sector, and allow us to develop our skills”

It is hoped that a higher level apprenticeship targeted at farm and hatchery managers will be launched later this year.

BPC chief executive Richard Griffiths said: “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.”

BPC chief executive Richard Griffiths.

BPC chair Andrew Brodie added that the opportunity will “effectively grow their skills base and offer great apprenticeship opportunities to Britain’s school leavers”.

The new apprenticeship was officially launched on the 15th May at the Pig and Poultry Fair in Warwickshire.

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