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2 Sisters Food Group invests £7.5m & creates 200 jobs
A £7.5m investment in new technology and upgrades at 2 Sisters Food Group’s poultry site in Sandycroft is creating more than 200 new jobs.
The site in Wales processes one million birds per week and is one of the biggest sites within 2 Sisters, employing more than 1,300 people. It is a major supplier to the UK’s largest supermarkets, as well as providing wholesale products to KFC.
The investment has enabled the installation of new technology including automated packing lines, new packaging machines, upgrading of cutting lines to increase capacity and the introduction of X-ray bone detection machinery for fillet production.
The roles being recruited include butchers, trimmers, hangers and primary operatives working on various shift patterns. The company says it is one of the highest paying food manufacturers in the region, with an entry rate for new roles at £9.50 an hour and for skilled roles in butchery paying £11.50 an hour.
A 2 Sisters Food Group spokesperson said: “This investment is superb news for the future of our site and our colleagues as we create a skilled and sustainable workforce. This is a great reward for our colleagues’ hard work, commitment and outstanding efforts in these unprecedented times.
“Colleagues who join the Sandycroft team will have learning and development opportunities enabling the site to develop competent, skilled and sustainable teams and the site prides itself on promoting within, a large number of colleagues recently received 30+ year awards.”
In addition to the new roles, the site will be recruiting up to 60 new apprentices over the next 12 months.
Having launched its Butchery Academy Apprenticeship programme with Coleg Cambria, the site will provide fully-funded Level 2 Food Manufacturing Excellence in Poultry. The company says this will provide a vocational route for apprentices to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst earning a market-rate wage, and not the usual apprentice rate.