Investing in our Future Talent

Wednesday 5th February marked a new dawn for Birtwistles as we launched the inaugural Accelerated Learning Programme Scheme (ALPS) with 15 of our up and coming Managers.

Over the last year Birtwistles has been concentrating on becoming more ‘people focused’ and recently launched an in-house accelerated learning programme, ALPS, at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium.

Designed and led by our Head of People Talent & Culture, Mark Piper, each year four cohort groups will go through the six-month scheme which covers technical skills, behavioural skills, business awareness and a Process Improvement project. Throughout the course, which involves every aspect of the company from a day in the life of a driver to overviews of the sales and credit control teams, each individual will have a dedicated mentor to support and check on progress. Mark said “our internal pipeline and succession plan is vital to bring new talent into the meat industry so that the future of Birtwistles will be in safe hands. The passion displayed at the launch event was amazing to see and all delegates were “buzzing” to try out their new skills back at site”.

 “What makes us different is our people, our culture and our can-do attitude,” said Managing Director Glenn Eastwood. “This is a major change and investment for our business to ensure our internal pipeline remains strong for the future. We have the best team of meat-minded people in the industry and want to develop and strengthen the internal talent.”

The next two cohorts will start the programme in August of this year where another 12 of amazing people will begin their journey.