Bpex professional training scheme returns

The Bpex Professional Manager Development Scheme (PMDS) will return in January 2012, with 10 pig unit managers selected to take part.

The candidates were selected for the course next year and represent businesses across the UK. They will attend a number of training sessions during the 18-month course, each of which will kick off with an evening presentation focusing on a particular sector of the industry, followed by a day of management training delivered by Cedar Associates. There will also be work-based projects relevant to the manager’s current role.

On successful completion of the course, managers will gain a nationally-recognised qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Pig producer and AgriSkills Forum chairman Richard Longthorp said: “The standard of applicants is a credit to both the industry and the businesses in which they work.

“We have some fantastic talent and I have no doubt the 2012 PMDS group will carry the banner of professionalism in the pig industry with as much distinction as their predecessors. The industry is indeed in good hands.”

Course leader Alistair Gibb of Cedar Associates said: “For 2012 we have, once again, a good cross-section of candidates. There is a great mix of experience, business size and diversity of roles to stimulate ideas and discussion.”

The successful candidates are:

Sophie Howe, Writtle College, Essex
Kathryn Mutimer, BQP, Suffolk
Jason Ashford, Mutimers, Norfolk
Simon Ashley, Bawsey Pigs, Norfolk
Andrew Sankey, Shropshire
Philip Payne, Henson Farms, Wiltshire
Harry Heath, M&J Heath, Shropshire
Tony Wright, Shedden Farms, Yorkshire
Nick Baird, Greenway Farms, Buckinghamshire
Anna Davis, Bpex, Warwickshire