The British Poultry Council has created a set of educational resources for primary and secondary school pupils to promote a career in the poultry industry.
The first schools pack, which includes videos and lesson plans, has been produced with assistance from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) and Farming and Countryside Education (FACE).
The schools pack gives a broad overview of the British poultry industry, including how it operates and contributes to the food we eat. At the primary school level, the material is designed to help children understand the importance of choosing and preparing nutritious and healthy food. It forms part of the BNF’s work to encourage healthy eating in the school programme, with the primary school material fitting into the food section of the National Curriculum.
The secondary school pack highlights the people working in the poultry sector and shows the opportunities available for school leavers – from apprenticeships to graduate programmes – to start them on a rewarding career path.
John Reed, Chairman of the BPC, commented:
“Strong consumer demand for British poultry offers hope for the industry’s future. It is imperative that children from primary school age upwards understand where their food comes from and how it is produced.
“Children begin to consider their career options as they progress through secondary school and it is important they are aware of the rewarding opportunities which the poultry sector can offer. A sustainable and successful British industry needs quality people who are given every opportunity to develop their skills. The poultry industry operates across the length and breadth of the UK and requires a diverse workforce, with different skills, in order to keep on feeding the nation.”
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, said:
“The success of the poultry industry, like the agri-food sector more widely, depends upon the right people with the right skills. Careers range from entry to PhD level with lots of scope for development and progression in one of the UK’s largest and most successful sectors. We will always need food and I am pleased to say the industry is always developing and growing.
“BPC and the poultry meat industry should be congratulated for their positive and proactive work to engage with school children. These school packs should help to build an awareness of the sector and the rewarding careers in the poultry industry amongst school children of all ages.”
Having finished the material, the BPC’s members intend to work with BNF and FACE to engage with schools near to their operations, to improve the poultry industry’s relationship with its local communities.
About the new schools pack
Primary school resources: The Food and Farming module for children supports primary school children learning about where their food comes from; the Cooking and Food module supports primary school children learning about food preparation and cooking; and The Food and Farming module supports primary school children learning about where their food comes from and how it is farmed. It has been compiled with the assistance of the British Nutrition Foundation which seeks to “deliver authoritative, evidence-based information on food and nutrition in the context of health and lifestyle”. More information at http://www.britishpoultry.org.uk/?page_id=3595 and http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/attachments/d39276e0-6c00-467fa394a3e9.pdf.
Secondary school resources: Through lesson suggestions, case studies and video clips, the processes involved in poultry production are explained in a way designed to engage pupils, demystify the industry and illustrate the very clear links to topical issues such as food, farming and the environment. The lesson suggestions and support materials will enable pupils to develop their enquiry skills, be involved in decision-making experiences and be actively engaged in finding out about a growing industry that plays a significant part in their lives and will offer future job opportunities. It has been compiled with the assistance of Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), an independent charity which aims to “educate children and young people about food and farming in a sustainable countryside”. For more information visit http://www.britishpoultry.org.uk/?page_id=3597.
Case studies: Examples of different roles on offer in the industry are available by visitinghttp://www.britishpoultry.org.uk/?page_id=3593.These include an apprentice farm work, an apprentice maintenance engineer, a human resources apprentice, a pedigree production manager, an assistant farm manager and a location manager.