Packhouse Line Manager

In response to sustained calls from industry for the next generation of skilled workers, three new Trailblazer apprenticeship schemes are being developed – with the Packhouse Line Manager scheme opening today for industry consultation.

The consultation asks Packhouses and industry stakeholders to comment on the proposed standards to ensure the planned apprenticeship schemes will meet the industry needs. The 2-page standard can be downloaded from the AHDB website’s skills page and responded to via an online survey, also linked to from the AHDB webpage.

“As an employer, being able to get involved in the development of the new standards is vitally important to ensure we have access to high quality training that is relevant to our business,” said Beverly Dixon of G’s Fresh, a fresh produce supplier to major UK and European retailers.

“Having apprenticeship designed for a specific role not only gives the young person a solid foundation in their chosen career but will also ensure that the business has a fully competent member of staff when they complete who is more likely to stay within the business.”

The standards for the Packhouse Line Manager apprenticeship have been drawn up by an industry working group and supported by the AHDB, Lantra, the NFU, Agriskills and EDGE Careers to provide a fresh intake of skilled young people who are ready to supervise personnel, machinery and IT systems to achieve production targets.

A Trailblazer for a Crop Technician apprenticeship has already being through the consultation stage, and a consultation for a Stock person apprenticeship will open later this year.

It is hoped a strong response from Packhouses will ensure the consultation creates an impactful apprenticeship programme that will provide skilled employees to build a stronger industry.