Production operative training programme

If you’re interested in a job in the food processing industry, a pre-employment training programme is now available, offering the basic skills you need 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, including:

  • 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.

The training will take place at:

WD Meats
Lower Newmills Road
County Londonderry
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 should meet the following criteria:

Essential criteria

  • be 18 years old or over
  • hard working and committed
  • able to work in a team
  • ability 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

To apply online, go to JobCentre online.

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 Thursday 24 January.

You will need to include the reference no 1403475 on your application form.

Important dates

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

Date Details
21 January Applications close
4 February Information day and interviews
11 February Training starts
22 February Training ends

Job information

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

Successful candidates will be part of a busy team carrying out various tasks within the department.  You will be offered training and development to maximise your potential within the company .

Positions are available in the following areas:

  • slaughter hall processor
  • 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 £7.83 plus production bonus.  

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

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

Company information

WD Meats has facilities to carry out every aspect of meat processing under one roof - slaughtering, boning, packing and dispatch - giving them complete control over all stages of production.

Further information

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

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