Production operative training programme

If you’re interested in a job in food processing industry a pre-employment training programme is now available, offering the basic skills needed to work as a production operative. If you successfully complete the training, you will be offered an interview for a permanent job.


A two-week intensive training course for a production operative is now available under the Bridge to Employment programme.

The training course will introduce you to the basic skills needed to work as a production operative and will include:

  • health and safety
  • manual handling
  • selecting, checking and packing primal cuts
  • standard operating procedures for online packing

The training programme has been developed by the Department for the Economy and WD Meats.

Training will be based at:

WD Meats
Lower Newmills Road
BT52 2JR

When in training you:

  • will retain your benefits
  • may be eligible for child care allowance
  • will be reimbursed weekly travel expenses, limited to the cheapest cost of using public transport

If you successfully finish the training, you will be interviewed for a permanent job.

Who is eligible

Previous experience is not needed but you must be:

  • 18 years old or over
  • hard working and committed       
  • able to work in a team
  • able to follow set procedures and work at a fast pace                                                       

The selection process for a training place will include an information day and an interview.

How to apply

Apply online on jobcentreonline.

Application forms are also available from your local Jobs and Benefits Office.

Completed forms must be returned to any Jobs and Benefits Office before 4.00 pm on 11 April.

You will need to include the reference no 1416313 on your application form.

Important dates

If you wish to take part in the training, the following dates are important:

Date Details

11 April

Applications close

30 April

Information day and interviews

8 May

Training starts

21 May

Training ends

Job information

If you successfully complete the training, you will be interviewed for a job with WD Meats.

The successful candidates will be part of a busy team carrying out various tasks within the department.  You'll receive the training and development you need to help you maximise your potential within the company.

Positions are available in all of the following areas:

  • packer
  • butcher
  • scales and scanner operators
  • quality controller
  • IT technicians
  • value added room technicians
  • retails processors
  • despatch operative

Hours of work

Your normal hours of work are 32 hours per week, Monday to Friday.  Your actual times of work will vary according to the needs of the business but will generally be between 7.00 am to 5.00 pm as work load varies.

Wages, holidays and benefits

You will receive £8.21 plus production bonus (average £40 per week) and loyalty bonus (after 3 months employment).

You may be entitled to Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit, depending on where you liveFor more information contact: 

Holiday entitlement

You will be entitled to 20 days holiday plus eight bank holidays and be part of the Company Pension Scheme.

Company information

WD Meats incorporates every aspect of the processing operation - slaughtering, boning, packing and dispatch - under one roof.

Further information

For more information on this opportunity or the Bridge to Employment programme, contact the Department for the Economy – Bridge to Employment.

Applications are welcome from those who meet the criteria, irrespective of religious belief, political opinion, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, marital status, gender, whether or not they have dependents and women returning to work.

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