2000 signed up for training ‘Passport’

The Poultry Meat Training Initiative has successfully enrolled over 2000 workers from the poultry industry into its Poultry Passport scheme.

Launched in October last year, the initiative was developed in response to the inconstancy of training and training records being the biggest non-compliance issue found during audits carried out for the industry assurance schemes.

It is designed to standardise the training carried out across the poultrymeat sector with each job role linked to a set of minimum training requirements.

Central to the Poultry Passports is an online database holding employees’ training records managed by its administrator, Poultec Training. Employers and employees have access to their training records via a secure log-in which is renewable on a yearly basis.

Leroy Burrell of Poultec Training said: “We have had an excellent response since the launch of the scheme, with 11 companies enrolled. Flock keepers are seeing the clear benefits of an industry wide standard in training from a scheme that has been developed by the poultry industry.”

In addition , he highlighted that the schemes’ website www.PoultryPassport.org had recently undergone a major facelift. The new site developed by Poultec’s in-house web development team, now provides a valuable resource for the industry.

Mr Burrell said: “The website contains all the information which is beneficial to flock keepers, such as the codes of practices and production guides.”

The Poultry Meat Training Initiative was established and managed by a consortium made up of poultry company representatives, British Poultry Council,National Farmers Union,Assured Chicken Production,Lantra and Poultec Training.