Ilminster-based potato supplier Branston in the UK has announced a recruitment drive for temporary jobs at its Somerset factory, in order to accommodate the country’s increased demand for fresh potatoes since the coronavirus outbreak.
The potato supplier has created a range of new roles, including team leaders, machine operatives, forklift truck drivers and engineers.
James Truscott, managing director at Branston, said: “We want to keep the nation supplied with potatoes during this time of need, which have always been a staple of the British diet.
“So many businesses have been impacted and many people have been laid off from their jobs so we’re hoping we might be able to help, at least in the short term.”
Simon Telfer, HR director at Branston, said: “We also want people to register their interest in jobs at Branston even if there isn’t anything specifically suitable to their skillset. We are making daily changes to our operations and new roles are continually being created.
“Our agronomy staff are currently being trained on the weighbridge intake process and we’re training up our engineers to run the packing machines. Office staff who have a forklift truck license are also now helping out in the factories. Everyone is doing their bit.”
Source: Chard and Ilminster News. Full report here