2 Sisters Food Group retail deal creates 136 jobs

2 Sisters Food Group is to create 136 jobs at its Derby cooked chicken processing site. 

The announcement comes on the back of the agreement of a new major retail deal.

There are currently 500 workers at the site which underwent a major upgrade in 2016.

Ten of the 136 jobs will be apprenticeships and the business is working with Derby Business College to fill the roles.

Kerry Bentley, chief executive of Derby Business College, said:

“We’ve developed a great relationship with 2 Sisters Derby and together we’ve learned that identifying the right people first time allows their career to grow. We’ve placed people on the shop floor that have quickly progressed to senior roles within the business.

“Derby has developed an innovative four day induction programme that will provide new starters with a collection of NVQ level two qualifications as well as an opportunity to get underneath the business, taste products and expand their broader knowledge of food manufacturing.”

Rob Hughes, site human resources manager, said: “Our change programme continues to progress at pace and we’ve reached the next chapter of our development plan and we’d encourage anybody who is currently looking for employment or a career change to consider the food industry as an exciting option.

“We’ve met almost 200 people at our open days during the past 12 months and we will be working very closely with Derby Business College and Job Centre Plus to fill these forthcoming vacancies.”

Billy Storer, site director, added: “Derby is a great place to work and the business has invested in the very latest production line technology which has provided us with a great platform to ramp up volume and develop new cooked chicken products.

“This is an exciting time for Derby and we are looking for fresh blood to expand our team, from management right through to school leavers.”

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