Poultry training programme for young people praised

A training and education programme aimed at developing the skills of young people in poultry farming sectors, has been praised by industry leaders.

The NFU Poultry Industry Programme (PIP), run in conjunction with ABN, takes 20-35 year olds and aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the industry.

Daniel Johnson, national sales manager for poultry and game at ABN, said the initiative had been important to the industry.

“ABN have been partners of the NFU PIP since it started, and for us this is one of many initiatives we are involved in that’s vital to help encourage young people to choose a career in agriculture.

“In its infancy, both the NFU and ABN were looking for involvement in an initiative that helps retain and develop the knowledge and skills of young people in the poultry industry. And the NFU PIP is the perfect vehicle for this,” said Johnson.

Gary Ford, NFU poultry adviser, reiterated how the partnership between the NFU and ABN has really made a programme that is highly valued by the industry. “This is the second NFU Poultry Industry Programme we’ve run, in line with ABN, and it’s again been so rewarding for all involved,” said Ford.

“Programmes like this are vital to the poultry industry to ensure we retain people within the sector. With the absence of a levy board, it’s crucial we have the opportunity to share best practice advice and new skills and technologies.”

This year’s programme offered a jam-packed training schedule across a wide range of areas. These included negotiating and understanding market trends and industry pressures, learning about cutting edge technology, and information and advice surrounding lobbying.

Johnson said: “We work closely with Gary and Patrick Joice, the chairmen of the NFU PIP, to develop a range of activities which will benefit the candidates. And this year was no exception.

“We arranged trips to Brussels and Westminster, as well as to one of our mills and a mainline retailer, all with the intention of exposing candidates to experiences they would not necessarily have access to, helping with skill development.”

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