Rise in poultry apprenticeships

A rise in demand for poultry apprenticeships has been reported as the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) was launched this week.

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has released figures that show up to 20 applications are being submitted for each position advertised.

Manufacturing industries across the UK supports the NAW, which is currently being held 11-15 March.

Peter Bradnock, chief executive of the BPC, commented: "NAW pays tribute to sectors such as the poultry industry, which is investing in talented young people."

Claiming the opportunities for young people in the poultry industry are vast, Bradnock said: "To see such a high level of demand for apprenticeships in the industry is a real indication of the value of a career in poultry production and food manufacturing."

David Way, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "I regularly speak to employers who tell me about the benefits that apprenticeships bring to their business. This provides further hard evidence that apprenticeships really are improving business and transforming lives."

"Apprentices not only increase productivity, but also bring creativity and dynamism into the workplace – the very best examples of which are being showcased in this year’s National Apprenticeship Week."

Nathan Raines, academy manager at Poultec Training, commented: "We have seen a clear upward trend across the board in demand for apprenticeships this year, particularly in the poultry industry, which is highly competitive. This is very encouraging, considering agricultural apprenticeships have traditionally been hard to fill."

Raines claimed the well-paid industry attracts people who like to work with animals and said the industry needs "qualified and enthusiastic" young people.


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