2 Sisters launches national apprenticeship scheme with Heta

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 16 Apr 2018

A firm which has a factory in Scunthorpe has set up an apprenticeship scheme aimed at recruiting the next generation of food entrepreneurs.

The 2 Sisters Food Group, which employs 1,200 people at its site on the Foxhills Industrial Estate, has launched the programme as it looks to find, develop and retain workers in the food industry.

Nationally, the company expects to take on 300 apprentices through the scheme by the end of its first year.

The apprenticeship programme has been acclaimed by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD) as a trail-blazer for setting up standards for the industry.

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The apprenticeship courses are aimed at a mix of new starters and existing colleagues at sites across the UK, including in Scunthorpe.

Graham Green, the chief engineer at 2 Sisters, said: "As an innovative food producer we are constantly looking to find, develop and retain talent within 2 Sisters.

"The engineering apprenticeships have been the best way to draw the best candidates and we are committed to working with the Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) to develop leaders of tomorrow.

Apprentices Devon Kent, Ryan Bendle, Jake Waters, Ben Loughborough and Max Penny, pictured at the HETA site in Scunthorpe

“We are one of the bigger employers in our local area and are proud to say we have a large number of apprentices, both new and existing colleagues, currently undertaking training."

The NSAFD's chief executive Justine Fosh said the company had played a pivotal role in setting industry standards and developing new apprenticeships for critical areas of skill needs such as food technology and operations.

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Janette Graham, the spokeswoman for 2 Sisters, said: "This is an exciting time and the apprenticeships will enable us to showcase the food industry as a top career destination for young people and promote the roles within our business that have become difficult to recruit.

"The next generation of food entrepreneurs will have a fantastic opportunity to carve out a pathway and develop a stimulating and impressive career in the food industry."

It comes as 2 Sisters' Five Star Fish factory in Grimsby is in consultation over proposed closure which could result in 390 job losses.

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