As part of an ongoing campaign to increase apprenticeships in the Borders, local MP Michael Moore visited Greenvale AP near Chirnside.
The visit was used to find out more about the business, as well as meet their apprentices.
Greenvale AP is the UK’s leading supplier of fresh potatoes. The company handles 600,000 tonnes of potatoes every year (20% of the UK’s potato production) and supplies many of the UK’s major retailers and food manufacturers, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and McCain.
Founded over 40 years ago, Greenvale AP has become a major player in the UK potato industry but it remains loyal to its roots and maintains a strong local identity in the Borders.
Greenvale AP has a very successful modern apprenticeship scheme. Over the course of their apprenticeship programme, apprentices work toward a level 2 modern apprenticeship qualification in food manufacturing. As well as their apprenticeship scheme, two graduates a year are brought into the group management development programme.
Michael Moore said: “As local MP I am determined to do as much as possible to boost job chances for young people here in Berwickshire and the Borders.
“The recent visit to Greenvale AP was a great opportunity to see how a local business has implemented a successful and innovative apprenticeship programme, designed to attract bright young talent to the industry and close the skills gap.
“It was a privilege to meet Greenvale AP apprentices – Ross and Jordan. The skills and expertise they have developed over the course of their apprenticeship programme are very impressive. We need more local businesses to take on apprentices and follow the lead of Greenvale AP, who have been a keen supporter of apprenticeships over the years and have employed many throughout the company.
“A successful food production sector is vital to the prosperity of our region and therefore, it was heartening to see this flourishing business training the next generation of skilled employees.
“Along with many other businesses in the Borders, Greenvale AP is very clearly investing in the future.”