The business has partnered with Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire to create the bespoke programme that will offer a Level 2 Butcher Apprenticeship to 18 students.
Over the course of the 15-month apprenticeship, students will spend eight weeks at Bishop Burton College, with the rest spent at Tulip’s Ashton and Tipton sites.
After completing the programme, all students will be offered the opportunity to undertake the next level of butchery training. Tulip will also continue to invest in its other apprenticeship programmes in the year ahead to attract the best fresh talent to the business and offer existing employees the opportunity to develop.
Rachel Baldwin, vice president of human resources at Tulip, explained the link-up.
“There is always a need for new talent within the food industry and this new highly-competitive apprenticeship scheme will allow us to develop the best quality talent in the UK, ensuring Tulip maintains the highest butchery standards,” she said. “We’ve worked closely with Bishop Burton College to develop a programme that not only incorporates the Tulip way of working into the teaching, but also includes unique outdoor sessions that help develop leadership and teamwork attributes. We’re confident that we now have a very strong butchery apprenticeship proposition that will deliver future site directors and business leaders.”
Andrew Black, assistant principle (business development) of Bishop Burton College, added: “We’re really pleased to partner with Tulip to create this bespoke apprenticeship programme. Students will be able to benefit from our innovative teaching methods, learning a range of skills so they can have a long career and hopefully progress to become future leaders within the meat industry.”