ABP gives students experience in meat industry

Food processor ABP has employed three students from Leeds City College since announcing a partnership to give young people experience in the meat and supply chain industry. 

The company joined forces with the college last October and has also helped other students achieve their Level 2 and 3 butchery apprenticeships. ABP has the capacity to take on five graduates a year and is also providing work experience opportunities at its York plant during the summer.

Mandy Thompson, graduate development manager at ABP, said the partnership had helped young people find their feet in the industry. She said: “There are a huge variety of roles available within the company and students aren’t always aware of the roles on offer. Guest lectures and demonstrations allow us to explain how their academic studies can help them to build a career in this industry and the practical experience we can offer is invaluable to them.”

ABP staff recently gave a practical demonstration on how to use the newly commissioned, state-of-the-art boning machine installed at the college.

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