Dunbia shaping future with graduate and apprenticeship programmes

GROUP: Graduates from the Dunbia and Dawn Meats UCD Management Training Programme, pictured with CEO Niall Browne

DUNBIA has launched three dedicated training and development programmes, which will help shape and enhance the future skills of the UK’s meat processing industry. The programmes will cater for young people and graduates who want to embark on a career within the sector, as well as supporting those already working in the industry, with upskilling and further professional development.

Dunbia’s nationwide Graduate programme for 2020, ‘Brighter Futures’, is seeking to attract talented and ambitious graduates who wish to experience different aspects of the Dunbia business, including Livestock Procurement, Manufacturing Operations, Food Safety & Quality, Sales/Commercial, Engineering, Accounting and Finance, New Product Development, Human Resources and Sustainability, during the course of a two-year programme.

Continuous development and training are central to the programme, which seeks to support the development of graduates into Dunbia leaders of the future. Graduates on the “Brighter Futures” programme will have access to dedicated mentors, providing

one-to-one coaching, and will participate in a bespoke management development programme with fast track career progression.

Representatives from Dunbia and Dawn Meats have been meeting with interested applicants at Graduate fairs around the UK and Ireland.

Dunbia’s Highland Meats in North Ayrshire has launched a new Butchery Academy in collaboration with Scottish Meat Training.

Another exciting programme of development has been launched in Dunbia’s Dungannon site where Dunbia has introduced three apprenticeship programmes across a range of functions.

Commenting on the launch of these initiatives, Caroline Heagney-Walsh, Dunbia’s Head of HR in Northern Ireland, said: “Attracting new talent into our industry is essential for future growth and sustainability. We must ensure that we have engaging and robust training and development programmes to support knowledge and skill development, enabling us to provide clear pathways for career progression and helping develop our leaders of the future. All three of our initiatives clearly demonstrate the commitment our business has to creating exciting opportunities within the meat industry. We are future-focused, providing real opportunities to develop a great career.”


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