PigPro scheme moves from AHDB to charity BASIS

PigPro scheme moves from AHDB to charity BASIS

Management of training scheme PigPro has moved from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to BASIS, a registered charity, as of Monday 4th December.

PigPro, an online system, allows users to record details of staff training and development within the pig industry.

Membership of the online training records for the dairy and pork sectors is unaffected, with users able to log activities and enjoy the benefits as normal.

Existing users will be able to log activities as normal as online training records are unaffected.

BASIS also took over ownership of DairyPro as part of the move.

The immediate changes affecting existing members are:

Dr Andy Brooks, head of education and membership services at BASIS, said: “We are delighted to be taking over the management of the pig and dairy schemes from AHDB. We have significant experience of running and administering CPD and membership schemes, both in their own right or for other organisations.

“Best known for the Professional Register of crop advisors and agronomists, we are looking forward to complementing the Register of Sheep Advisors (a joint venture with the National Sheep Association) by adding the pig and dairy schemes to our burgeoning presence in the livestock sectors.

“Ongoing professional development and training are fundamental to the future of the agricultural sector, and it is vital that businesses remain profitable and stable so that we can provide healthy, safe food for our growing population. We look forward to working with members/users over the coming months.”

AHDB’s AgriLeader senior knowledge exchange manager, Izak Van Heerden, said: “Following last year’s Shape the Future levy payer vote it was clear levy payers wanted us to focus on promoting and protecting our reputation in the dairy and pork sectors at home and overseas. We had to look at what work can be delivered by others to allow us to concentrate on these priorities.

“Following a robust procurement process, we selected BASIS due to their demonstrated expertise in administering continuing professional development schemes, ensuring the best possible value for our levy payers and a seamless continuation of service.”

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