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This new initiative, ‘The Empowering Leader’, incorporated three core modules: ‘Leader of Me’; ‘Leader of Others’; and ‘Leader of Teams’ to encapsulate key areas of management.

The one-year programme includes a variety of training sessions to suit individual learning styles including webinars, one-to-one coaching sessions and face-to-face workshops.

ABP’s new leadership programme comes two months after the launch of its internally developed Homegrown programme as part of its Talent Academy, which launched in 2016.

Upskilling staff

Alongside upskilling existing staff, ABP’s new programme also aimed to support new entrants into the food and drink industry by updating the manufacturers graduate and apprenticeship programmes.

Bob Carnell, chief executive of ABP UK, said: “People are at the heart of our business and we are dedicated to creating a variety of training and development opportunities across all levels.

“Great leadership creates an environment where people want to perform, and as leaders, we cannot underestimate the impact and influence we have on our colleagues. We are looking forward to bringing the management team together to help them develop and inspire others in the business.”

Industry investment in training

ABP’s latest investment in upskilling tis staff and introducing more people into the industry followed a number of food and drink firms introducing new apprenticeships schemes to help strengthen their businesses.

In June, 2 Sisters Food Group announced it was to create 60 new apprenticeships over the next 12 months at its Sandycroft, Wales production site.

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