This new initiative, “The Empowering Leader”, comprised three main modules: “Leader of Me”; “Leader of others”; and “team leader” to summarize key areas of management.
The one-year program includes a variety of training sessions tailored to individual learning styles, including webinars, one-on-one coaching sessions, and face-to-face workshops.
ABP’s new leadership program comes two months after the launch of its Homegrown program developed internally as part of its Talent Academy, launched in 2016.
Along with improving the skills of existing staff, the new ABP program also aimed to support new entrants into the food industry by updating training and apprenticeship programs for manufacturers.
Bob Carnell, Managing Director of ABP UK, said: “People are the heart of our business and we are committed to creating a variety of training and development opportunities at all levels.
“Good leadership creates an environment where people want to perform, and as leaders we cannot underestimate the impact and influence we have on our colleagues. We look forward to bringing the leadership team together to help them grow and inspire others in the business. “
Industry investment in training
ABP’s latest investment in building the skills of its staff and bringing more people into the industry has followed a number of agribusiness companies that have introduced new apprenticeship programs to help to strengthen their activities.
In June, 2 Sisters Food Group announced that it would create 60 new apprenticeships over the next 12 months at its production site in Sandycroft, Wales.
Last month, meat processor Kepak partnered with apprenticeship supplier Cambrian Training to address their need for more skilled butchers.
Meanwhile, in other ABP-related news, the manufacturer appointed Joe Kenny as Managing Director of its renewable energy division, Olleco– would be the UK’s largest refiner of used cooking oil to biodiesel.