AHDB Pork’s team works with pig producers and pork processors providing tools and information to help their businesses. At the same time, it works with the pork supply chain to promote pork to consumers and develop new export markets. AHDB Pork’s mission is to help English pig production and processing businesses become more competitive and profitable.
BPEX is working with pig producers to help retain good staff; it has produced a Human Resources Toolkit to help unit managers provide staff with more support and a structure for theircontinuous development and training.
The toolkit contains an induction manual template to help integrate new starters into the business and a ‘skills matrix’ to help keep track of staff skills and identify where more training is needed.
There is also an annual appraisal form template which managers can use if they want to introduce an annual appraisal system. It provides managers and staff with a structure for their discussion, including how the employee feels the last 12 months have gone, their achievements, any issues that have arisen, objectives for the coming year and what additional help or training they may need. Managers can tailor all three documents to their specific units.
Managing staff development is a key part of unit management and motivates the whole team to make a positive impact on pig productivity. Producers need people who want to contribute to the business and stay in the industry for a long-term career.
The toolkit is a practical step in the pig industry’s new skills strategy, Recruit, Retain, Reward.