After investing £7.5 million in new technologies and upgrades, 2 Sisters Food Group’s poultry plant is expected to create more than 200 new jobs in Sandycroft.

In addition to supplying wholesale products to KFC, 2 Sisters is also the main supplier of the largest supermarket in the UK. Its Sandycroft site processes one million birds per week and is one of the major within 2 Sisters, employing more than 1300 staff.

This investment led to the installation of new technologies, including the modernization of automated packaging lines, new packaging machines, cutting lines to increase production capacity, and the introduction of X-ray bone inspection machines to produce fish fillets.

Accordingly, the site is now recruiting over 200 additional workers in roles, for example, Butchers, Trimmers, Hangers and Primary operatives working on various transfer patterns.

A spokesman for 2 Sisters Sandycroft 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 positions, the site will recruit up to 60 new students in the next 12 months. Having commenced their Butchery Academy Apprenticeship programme with Coleg Cambria, the site will provide fully-funded Level 2 Food Manufacturing Excellence in Poultry.

This will provide an occupational route for Apprentices to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst earning a market-rate wage, not the usual apprentice rate.

Apprentices will start on a standard weekly wage of £393 – plus the potential to earn £431 per week after just 12 weeks. New intakes are intended to begin every 12 weeks through to July 2022.