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Moy Park puts £8m into staff development

Jonathan Bell, centre, with Moy Park's Mike Mullan and Katharine Strain

POULTRY producer Moy Park has announced plans to invest £8 million to upskill its workforce.

The four-year scheme has been backed by £1.4m from Invest Northern Ireland.

The company employs 6,300 people at sites in Dungannon, Craigavon and Ballymena making it the largest firm in the north and the second biggest poultry producer in the UK.

The firm's European HR director Mike Mullan said: “As one of Europe’s leading food companies, we are committed to supporting our team members with outstanding training and development opportunities. This significant investment in skills and training, supported by Invest Northern Ireland, will be instrumental in sustaining our continual transformation, growth and improvement.

“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.”

Enterprise minister Jonathan Bell said the investment "reinforces the company’s commitment to continuous improvement as a means to remaining competitive in its target markets".

“Invest Northern Ireland 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, looking at leadership and management development, technical competences and functional skills," he added.

Moy Park employs around 12,000 people across 14 processing facilities in Ireland, England, France and the Netherlands.

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