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Pig Pro, a new training and development web-based tool for the pig industry, goes live tomorrow – giving farmers a simpler and more flexible way to record staff skills.

The free online training record has been designed by AHDB and will be an alternative to PIPR – the Pig Industry Professional Register.

Its aim is to provide producers with an easy-to-use and valued method of recording training, with records across the industry being kept in one consistent format.

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Accessed through AHDB’s Pig Hub, it will also advertise upcoming training events, held by registered training providers, and will enable Pig Pro users to register through their own account. 

AHDB’s skills development officer, Samantha Bowsher, said: “The new system aims to simplify the practice of staff training records and encourage more employers and individuals to keep up-to-date records of skills development.”

Key features of the system include:

  • Unlike PIPR, which is run by City & Guilds, Pig Pro doesn’t operate on a CPD point scoring system and will allow users to keep a development record throughout their career and have more control over their data
  • It provides access to a training events calendar
  • Allows users to print staff records
  • Gives reminders for mandatory training updates
  • Allows users to upload electronic certificates
  • Stores records of training and skills

AHDB has produced a number of “how to” videos, which are due to go live next week and will help users access the new system.

To access Pig Pro if you are an existing Pig Hub member log in and use your existing pig hub log in details. Individuals, training providers and non-pig hub members can register (the website will go live on 24 September.)