Training and education visits to Cobb-Vantress units in the UK, US and Holland have been used to provide the first eight poultry students attached to the Al Watania Institute of Technology (WIT) in Saudi Arabia with valuable business experience.
The students each spent a month in various Cobb hatchery, farm, broiler trials, logistics and feed mill facilities to complement the classroom sessions they had completed as part of their WIT course. During their visits they were given further insight into the Cobb business through a series of presentations from senior managers, with three students also being shown Tyson Foods’ processing and broiler farm operations in Arkansas, US.
“These first visits were a great success,” said Cobb’s vice president of sales in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, Roy Mutimer.
WIT is a partnership between Al Watania, the largest poultry producer in Saudi Arabia, and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation to train young adults in poultry production. More than £10 million is being invested in the project aiming to benefit some 500 trainees from Saudi Arabia and ultimately from across the GCC’s member states. Cobb is a partner and sponsor of the project.
Headline image shows WIT trainees Hawas Sulaiman Alhawwas (left) and Ahmad Mosa Alhazzaa pictured outside Cobb headquarters in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.