UK industry association the British Poultry Council (BPC) has created a set of educational resources for primary and secondary school students to promote careers in the poultry industry.
The first-schools pack, which includes videos and lesson plans, has been produced with assistance from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) and Farming and Countryside Education. The pack gives a broad overview of the British poultry industry, including how it operates and contributes to the food supply.
At primary school level, the material is designed to help children understand the importance of choosing and preparing nutritious and healthy food. If forms part of the BNF's work to encourage healthy eating in the school program, with the primary school material fitting into the food section of the national curriculum.
The secondary school pack highlights the people working in the poultry sector and shows the opportunities available for graduates - from apprenticeships to graduate programs.
John Reed, chairman of the BPC, commented: "It is imperative that children from primary school age upwards understand where their food comes from and how it is produced.
"Children begin to consider their career options as they progress through secondary school, and it is important they are aware of the rewarding opportunities which the poultry sector can provide. A sustainable and successful British industry needs quality people who are given every opportunity to develop their skills."