ABP joins forces with Leeds College
Published:  07 November, 2014

Meat company ABP has teamed up with Leeds City College to help students develop skills essential for the meat industry.

The partnership will see ABP invest in equipment and offer work placements for students of the college’s butchery department.

ABP said it was “delighted” with the partnership which it said would help develop the next generation of butchers and meat professionals in Yorkshire.

Leeds City College’s Meat Technology lecturer James Richardson said: “By working together, we are creating a collaboration that is the first of its kind for Leeds City College students within butchery.

“This partnership will broaden their experience and help to produce people who are knowledgeable and industry competent which will help take the industry forward in years to come.

“This collaboration with ABP shows both parties’ commitment to educating the industry’s future workforce and will hopefully encourage some new young blood to enter into an industry which can offer a diverse career.”

ABP also offers a graduate scheme across all areas of business, which a number of former Leeds City College students have successfully progressed from and are now working in supervisory roles in production and boning.

Mandy Thompson, graduate development manager, who has been instrumental in establishing the new partnership, said: “At ABP we are committed to investing in young talent for the future. We currently employ almost 1,000 people across our three sites in Yorkshire – many of whom have progressed within the company through our multidiscipline graduate scheme which offers career development paths across sales and marketing, livestock, technical and engineering disciplines.”