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Abbie Thompson

Aspire Apprentice

Dale Farm has agreed to support me through a Higher Level qualification, which will help me to continue to develop the skills, qualities and experience required to become a manager within Dale Farm.

What made you decide to complete an apprenticeship?

What attracted me most to the role was the “earn while you learn” aspect, where I would receive full time on the job training in Pennybridge alongside part time study at Loughry College, all while taking home a monthly salary. My study relates entirely to my place of work, allowing me to understand the business better. At the end of my three-year apprenticeship I will be trained in many areas including working on actual dairy farms.

What have you been particularly proud of?

I am most proud of the improvement in my communication and interpersonal skills that have developed over my time here.

What have you been working on at Dale Farm throughout your apprenticeship?

My role at the Pennybridge site has involved following the flow of production from start to finish. I am learning the specialist roles that are involved in producing high quality products that are safe and satisfy customer requirements. This is a defined career pathway that is allowing me to fast track into a management position within the Production function at Dale Farm.

I am currently in a Shift Manager Role in production at Pennybridge, which involves ensuring that orders are met each day, managing the production floor, working on projects to improve quality and reduce waste on site, trained in areas around production to provide cover, carry out risk assessments and GMPs.

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