present its first employer ambassador award to 2 Sisters
The Learning and Skills Council
Humberside (LSC) will be presenting its first Employer
Ambassador Award to 2 Sisters Food Group in Scunthorpe,
on Monday 7th June at 3pm, in recognition of their commitment
to basic skills training in the workplace.
Linda Ainsworth, Director of Adult
Learning and Strategic Marketing at the LSC, will be
presenting Shirley Derrick, Group Personnel Manager
at 2 Sisters Food Group, with the plaque and certificate,
to mark the organisation’s achievements.
In collaboration with the LSC and
2 Sisters Food Group, North Lindsey College has recently
opened an outreach learning centre for employees from
2 Sisters Food Group and other companies based on the
Foxhills Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe, offering work-based
access to training and education.
Linda Ainsworth, Director of Adult
Learning and Strategic Marketing at the LSC, said, “We
have chosen 2 Sisters Food Group as the first company
to receive a Basic Skills Employer Ambassador Award
as they have such a fantastic attitude towards learning.
Since the launch of the innovative learning centre,
approximately 250 employees from the company have received
some form of workplace training in literacy and numeracy
including ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).
They really deserve this recognition, and on behalf
of the LSC I would like to congratulate them for their
Shirley Derrick, Group Personnel
Manager at 2 Sisters Food Group, said, “The 2
Sisters Food Group at Scunthorpe is very proud to have
been awarded an Employer Ambassadors Award by the LSC
Humberside. Workplace training and development will
become increasingly important to employers, particularly
employers of manual unskilled labour. Training in areas
such as ESOL, Basic Skills and Numeracy will play a
critical part in developing the workforce to contribute
to our business. We recognise how important our employees
are, and as they develop so will the company. Each and
every employee is an important part of the company’s
future and we recognise the need for investment in them.
Wes Johnson, Curriculum Manager at
North Lindsey College, said,
"The Essential Skills department
at North Lindsey College has developed a strong, collaborative
relationship with 2 Sisters over the past two years.
During this time nearly 100 enrolments on ESOL courses
have taken place, mainly as a result of a provision
that fully meets the needs of the learners, the company
and national strategies, linked to a HR commitment by
2 Sisters in the release of staff on 'company-time'.
This provision is developing to include literacy and
numeracy training available to all employees. We are
in the process of rolling out this model of good practice
to other companies in the area, who recognise the benefits
to both the employee and employer."
As part of the Basic Skills Strategy,
the LSC have developed the Employer Ambassador Award
to recognise and reward employers who have successfully
embraced literacy and numeracy training in the workplace.
2 Sisters is the first employer within the LSC Humberside
area to receive this accreditation.
2 Sisters Food Group employs
more than 3000 people and supplies the UK’s leading
food retailers, food manufacturers and food service
companies. Its principal site is in Scunthorpe on the
Foxhills Industrial Estate where it specialises in primary
chicken production. So far they have carried out an
extensive training and development programme, providing
literacy and numeracy courses including ESOL (English
for Speakers of Other Languages) through North Lindsey
College. Employees are released on full pay for two
hours each week to attend ESOL classes.
processing facility for Marks & Spencer
2 Sisters Food Group, one of
the UK’s leading primary chicken processing companies,
today (Friday 29th August), celebrated the formal inauguration
of its new chicken processing facility in West Midlands.
Justin King, Marks and Spencer, Director
of the Food Division, marked the event by digging the
first footings, in a ceremony attended by members of
the project team.
The building programme which will
take approximately 12 months and £7 million to
complete. The project will complete 2 Sisters Food Group
3 year strategy of establishing centres of production
The project team have scoured the
UK, Europe and North America to identify the most appropriate
systems and equipment for this flagship factory.
Justin King said, “I am delighted
to mark the commencement of this production facility
which will supply a range of fresh chicken portions
to Marks and Spencer’s stores. It is a significant
investment and illustrates the commitment made by 2
Sisters Food Group to our business. “
Ranjit Singh, chief executive of
2 Sisters Food Group said, “We will be investing
in some very innovative technology for our systems and
equipment, which will set the standard in terms of packaging,
product quality and presentation. We have benchmarked
our selves against the best in the food industry and
our project team are very excited that the months of
planning are about to come to fruition”.
The range of products produced from the factory will
include chicken portions for the retail and food manufacturing
This project will create 400
hundred new jobs, and will be supported by a focussed
training and development programme.
statement - 2 Sisters Food Group Restructure
2 Sisters Food Group today (Monday
27th May) announced its intention to restructure its
Premier Fresh Foods based in Scunthorpe
become a specialist centre for processing and packing
whole chickens for supermarkets. In addition it will
develop an added value facility.
Employees and Unions were being briefed
this week on the implications of the restructure, which
may result in some job losses.
Company Spokesman James Fountain,
said “We hope to minimise job losses and hope
to achieve most of them through a reduction in temporary
agency staff and natural wastage.
Mr Fountain added, “ The restructure
will ensure the long term viability of the Foxhills
processing operation and allow us to compete with the
growing number of imports. We are investing in the latest
poultry processing equipment and will have a world class
1. Premier Fresh Foods was acquired by the 2 Sisters
Food Group in November 2000.
2. The company announced last month its intension to
move to Seven day working to meet consumer demands for
fresh product 7 days a week 24 hours a day
new jobs created at 2 Sisters Food Group new Smethick
Food processing factory
2 Sisters Food Group, the UK’s
leading primary chicken processor today (Monday 12th
November) celebrated the opening of its new dedicated
fresh chicken ingredients factory in Smethwick, Birmingham.
The new multi million pound facility
was officially opened by Tesco commercial director,
Colin Smith in a ceremony attended by suppliers, employees
and key customers.
Colin Smith said, “ I am delighted
to be opening this new facility which will supply a
range of fresh chicken ingredients to TESCO stores.
It is a significant investment and illustrates the commitment
made by 2 Sisters chief executive Ranjit Singh to our
The two million pound factory investment
contains the latest state of art equipment designed
to give the consumer the best and most convenient product.
The key feature is a revolutionary packaging system
developed by Cryovac.
The process takes calibrated stripped, diced and sliced
fillets and packs them into a tray wrapped in pre-printed
leak proof film. This system does away with the need
for additional label application and modern printing
processes enable superior design and product information
to be applied.
Ranjit Singh, 2 Sisters Food Group
chief executive said, “ the trials have gone very
well, we have had very positive feed back from consumers.
Our pre launch research highlighted leaky packaging
as one of the consumer’s biggest gripes. With
this latest innovation we are putting an end to leaking
packaging and providing consumers with the convenience
they demand. “
The range of products produced from the factory is ideal
for stir-fry, curries, wraps and snacks and satisfy
the demands of the busy shopper.
2 Sister’s new facility is
part of the groups commitment to establishing centres
of production excellence, already established is the
Groups Scunthorpe facility which produces wholebirds,
frozen thighs and drumsticks, East Markham free range
& organic birds, Birmingham site A retail fillets,
site B calibrated fresh & frozen fillets for further
processing and retail.
One hundred new jobs have been
created in the factory, which are being supported by
a dedicated training programme.