The largest supplier of fresh vegetables in the UK, Produce World, which has a site at Sutton Bridge, has appointed two agri-food trainees as part of a new scheme.
Tom Collison, of Tilney All Saints, and Will Shields, of Moulton in Lincolnshire, will be gaining valuable experience in all aspects of the Produce World business while studying for an industry-leading degree qualification in food manufacture.
They are the first to join the new scheme is being run in conjunction with the University of Lincoln
Tom has a farming background as his family operates J A Collison and Sons cut flowers business at Terrington St Clement.
In addition to flowers, the family also has around 300 head of sheep.
He already has some experience in the industry and was set to go to a traditional agricultural college when he heard about the scheme.
He said: “What I like is the fact that we will be able apply what we are learning in the classroom as we go along, but also that we will be able use our work experience as up-to-date case studies.
“A lot of case studies used for teaching are at least two or three years out of date. Agriculture is moving at such a fast rate that the techniques will be out-of-date by the time we get to apply them.”
David Frost, Produce World Group’s HR director said: “We are delighted to have appointed two excellent candidates to the first places on this scheme.
They are enthusiastic about the opportunity they have been given and I look forward to seeing them develop over the next three years.
At Produce World we need outstanding talent to help us to continue to grow and develop as a business, and one solution is to grow our own.”
Produce World manages supply chains in order to deliver a wide range of vegetables to its retail, food service and food manufacturing cusotmers.
It works with expert grower partners to grow a wide range of top quality fresh vegetables, wash and pack them at its sites across the East of England, and deliver to customers on time and on budget.