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Poultry giant Moy Park announces £8m skills programme

By Rachel Martin

Published 19/02/2016

Training commitment: Moy Park’s HR director, Mike Mullan
Training commitment: Moy Park’s HR director, Mike Mullan

Poultry giant Moy Park is to invest £8m in a skills and development programme across the group over the next four years.

The programme is designed to support the continued growth of the Craigavon-based business, which also has operations in the Republic, Netherlands, France and the UK.

The investment will cover leadership and management development, technical competences and functional skills across the whole workforce. Invest NI has offered £1.4m towards the cost of training. Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell said: "Moy Park is Northern Ireland's largest employer and this £8m investment in skills development reinforces the company's commitment to continuous improvement as a means to remaining competitive in its target markets.

"Invest NI has been working closely in recent years to help the manufacturer introduce lean techniques and supply chain management measures. This latest investment has enabled Moy Park to implement a comprehensive suite of training and learning initiatives across the entire company workforce."

Moy Park is the second largest player in the UK poultry sector and employs 6,300 workers across its Northern Ireland-based processing facilities in Craigavon, Dungannon and Ballymena.

Moy Park HR director Mike Mullan said: "We are committed to supporting our team members with outstanding training and development opportunities."

He added that the investment would be instrumental in sustaining the company's growth and improvement.

Mr Mullan added: "People are at the heart of Moy Park. As a values-led company we continue to make major investments in our industry leading agriculture and processing facilities and it is essential that we champion and develop the capabilities of our people to take the business forward." Moy Park employs around 12,000 people in total and is now part of Brazilian firm JBS.

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