2 Sisters launches new apprenticeship programme

By Gwen Ridler

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2 Sisters has launched a new apprenticeship programme at its Sandycroft site
2 Sisters has launched a new apprenticeship programme at its Sandycroft site

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2 Sisters Food Group is to create 60 new apprenticeships over the next 12 months at its Sandycroft, Wales production site.

The manufacturer is to launch its Butchery Academy Apprenticeship programme in partnership with learning provider Coleg Cambria, offering fully-funded level 2 poultry apprenticeships.

Coleg Cambria will deliver the apprenticeships on site, providing best-in-class educational support in the workplace over a 15-month period. This will provide a vocational route for Apprentices to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst earning a market-rate wage.

2 Sisters is now recruiting for an initial cohort of 20 new apprentices, due to be enrolled and in their placement by the end of July 2021. New intakes are then planned to start every 12 weeks through July 2022.

Commitment to the local area

Human resources manager Amy Wilkinson said the manufacturer was committed to providing learning opportunities and long-term employment for as many local residents as possible.

“The Sandycroft site has provided steady employment in the community for over 40 years and we are now looking ahead to create a skilled and sustainable workforce of the future,”​ she added.

“A key part of our commitment is to provide ongoing employment to all at the end of the learning period. This will help us to develop competent, skilled and sustainable teams.”

Longstanding partnership

Coleg Cambria currently facilitates a smaller learning programme at Sandycroft and assessors visit the site regularly to assess and support apprentices. The success of the programme over the past 12 months has been a key contributor in the launch of this new large-scale programme.

Kate Muddiman, work-based learning manager at Coleg Cambria, added: “Coleg Cambria is proud to be working in association with a company so committed to investing in the future workforce in the area.

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to enter the job market or have a complete career change as they are open to all ages over 16 and will give people the opportunity to learn new skills while earning. This is a fantastic Academy programme.”

Meanwhile, earlier this month, poultry processor Moy Park launched a new apprenticeship programme​ in a bid to nurture the next generation of talent in the food and drink industry.

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