The “house full” sign has gone up over the first pig technical managers’ course launched by BPEX in Bury St Edmunds, giving a strong kick-start to a six-session/six-month training programme which is also being rolled out in four other centres between November 11 and December 9.
The programme, which covers everything from pig welfare and interpreting records to waste management and staff supervision, follows the outline of “certificates of competence level 3, pig unit supervision and operation”.
“There was a gap in technical training at this level which we identified and this course is specifically designed to fill that gap,” said BPEX skills development co-ordinator, Sam Bowsher.
“It is a very practical course and is part of a suite of training from BPEX to make sure the industry has a professional and skilled workforce.”
While the Bury St. Edmunds course is up and running, and full, others are due to start in Newbury (Nov. 11), York (Nov. 27), Kidderminster (Dec. 4) and Exeter (Dec. 9).