Dunbia Butchers’ Academy plugs skills gap

Dunbia is launching a Butchery Academy in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, to provide opportunities for school-leavers and help plug a skills gap.

The UK and Ireland-based meat processor is teaming up with local schools to offer young people the chance to gain butchery skills over a full-time 13-week course, which cover all aspects of butchery skills. The course fits into the Modern Apprenticeship Programme and leads to a NVQ Level 2 qualification in Food Manufacture. It aims to take on approximately 25 students every 13 months, who will graduate into jobs at Dunbia.

Jim Dobson, Dunbia’s group managing director, said: “Developing our skills base through extensive investment in training has long been a strategic focus for the company.

“As a global business selling in 15 markets, we recognise the need to focus on measures to increase productivity and overall performance throughout the company. This is the way to ensure that we continue to compete successfully and profitably in today’s very challenging markets.”

Dunbia is an approved IOSH (Institute of Safety & Health) centre and trained 100 managers last year.

Last month, the company was named Meat Processor of the Year at MTJ’s Meat & Poultry Processing Awards.

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