New 5-year poultry passport programme starts on June 1

A new 5-year agreement to build and continue the success of the industry-led “Poultry Passport” has been supported by the programme’s backers, British Poultry Council (BPC), National Farmers Union (NFU), Poultec and Lantra.

The group originally came together in 2008 with the objective of improving skills and qualifications in poultry agriculture while supporting the development of careers for young people and existing workers alike.

Since that initial launch the scheme has been a success with over 5,000 people across the sector joining up including all the big poultry integrators. The passport scheme has also become a byword for high standards in the sector and is recognised within Red Tractor accreditation.

“We are very happy with the progress we have made in the last eight years to develop a set of standards under a clear brand that is recognised across the sector,” said British Poultry Training’s chair, John Reed.

“However, the job is only half done, with a number of workers in our sector still being outside the scheme. That is why we wanted to renew our commitment to working together to extend the reach and success of the Poultry Passport scheme over the next five years.”

The four partners made their formal commitment to the 5-year programme at the Pig and Poultry Fair, with the new agreement due to run from June 1, 2016.

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