17 May 2022
New pilot grows fresh talent in Kent
A NEW pilot project in Kent is offering individuals an opportunity to fast track into the fresh produce industry.
MDS, a food supply chain provider, is teaming up with ‘Growing Kent & Medway’ to create the UK’s first regional apprenticeship hub for the fresh produce sector. The ‘Growing Talent’ pilot will work with fresh produce businesses in the region to offer non-graduates and career changers a two-year paid traineeship, regardless of prior knowledge and skills.
Business development manager at MDS, Kirsty Barden, said: “The route into fresh produce is not always obvious, or those considering it at a career crossroads may be reluctant to start over and spend time working their way up. It is a vibrant industry full of opportunity, and with Growing Talent, we are offering a fully supported first step on the ladder, whatever your knowledge or skills.”
Growing Talent is aimed particularly at those who have been in work for at least a couple of years and are looking for a change in career but want to remain based in Kent. The programme will include up to four different work secondments over 18 months to two years, supported by mentoring and training to align with Apprenticeship levels 3 and 5.
Anyone interested can contact Kirsty at MDS by clicking here.