Yeo Valley Production launches job retention scheme to help hundreds of temporary workers into long-term roles

UK dairy producer leads the way as rising numbers of employers move to give temporary roles longer-term prospects as they look beyond Brexit and Covid-19 

More UK employers are now offering enhanced pay and a clear pathway to progression to temporary workers as the labour market continues to flex in response to Covid-19.

Increasing numbers are showing a commitment to turning temporary positions into permanent roles as UK businesses settle into a new way of working following the pandemic, and after Britain’s departure from the EU.

Yeo Valley is leading the way

Among those leading the way is Yeo Valley Production. The company has launched a new retention scheme that includes enhanced benefits and a transparent route to long-term employment for candidates able to continue supporting the company on a temporary basis as it settles into post-pandemic life in the short-term. This is supported by a pay increase of over 9% for all workers starting the new career paths with Yeo Valley Production.

The leading dairy producer currently has around 60 temporary roles available at its sites in Blagdon, Newton Abbot, Cannington, Highbridge and Crewkerne.

Georgina Collins, Head of Talent and Opportunity at Yeo Valley Production, said: “We’ve been working around the clock in the face of increased demand for our dairy products throughout Covid-19 and could not have achieved this without the extraordinary support of temporary workers who have stepped up across the South-West to help us get the job done.”

“Now that we’re hopefully over the peak of the pandemic, and moving past the extreme market pressures we’ve been experiencing, the launch of strategies like these will help us into a more settled way of working in the long run and help us make a more permanent promise to our temporary workforce in return.”

Initiatives like the Government’s furlough scheme have helped protect jobs throughout Covid-19 but the number of people without work is still expected to grow, especially as the amount payable through furlough begins to decrease from July onwards.

Training opportunities key to enhancing skills 

The post-Brexit temporary jobs market is meanwhile stronger than ever, and could be key in bringing vital skills and large employers like Yeo Valley together in the longer term as the UK economy continues to settle in the wake of both Brexit and the pandemic.

Candidates applying for general operator roles with the dairy giant on a temporary basis will now have a clear opportunity to progress towards multi-skilled quality or leadership roles, therefore, or an apprenticeship engineering position, depending on preference and ability.

As a leading recruiter working in multiple sectors, Acorn Recruitment says it is encouraging to see more employers like Yeo Valley launching schemes designed to engage the temporary workforce on a longer-term basis for the sake of the economy as a whole.

Acorn Recruitment Operations Director, Noel Hoare said: “We are seeing more responsible employers like Yeo Valley change their recruitment processes to give a firmer offering to temporary workers who have played a vital role in keeping the wheels of UK industry in motion throughout this pandemic.

“Provided job seekers can stay open minded about their entry point into their chosen sector, and employers like Yeo Valley remain transparent about the pathways for progression available, the benefits are going to be there for all in the long run. The pathways into jobs such as engineering and quality will be fantastic opportunities.”

“We are proud to be a Yeo Valley Production partner, therefore, and are committed to supporting them and many other businesses in successfully navigating what continues to be a period of transition for the economy and subsequently the UK labour market too,” Noel added.

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