Your Future at P D Hook


Earn while you learn!

Apprenticeships available in all aspects of Poultry production which are split into three agricultural groups:

Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Level.

Gain relevant real world experiences with a mix of academic work and hands-on learning. Your chance to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.


Training for our Employees plays an essential part in our Organisation’s success. Induction and initial training are only the foundation for an ongoing process. Training not only equips you with the knowledge and skills required to carry out tasks efficiently and improve productivity, it helps to enhance your work satisfaction.

Up-skilling our Employees enables an individual to excel in their position leading onto future promotion.

Whether it be Intermediate, Advanced or Higher level you will gain a nationally recognised qualification.

In addition P.D. Hook (Hatcheries) Ltd is part of the British Poultry Council Scholarship at Harper Adams University. The aim is to develop and train two students each year across all areas of the business, with the aim of them being recruited into the Company upon completion of their degree. It is another part of our initiative to bring new talent into the industry.


School leaver placements during the summer period or a Sandwich placement during your final years of study at University are specifically designed to  accommodate a year in the industry gaining invaluable work experience and in most cases earning a wage. Some instances may lead to an offer of a full time job if a position becomes available.

Poultry Passport

You will be required to enrol onto the Poultry Passport training scheme after your successful probationary period.

The British Poultry Training Scheme was developed to give consistent levels of training for each job role across the UK Poultry Industry with an industry wide training recording system. Each job role has a minimum training requirement which is defined on each member’s Poultry Passport. As training is completed it is recorded on your Poultry Passport. This clearly identifies where training has been completed and where further training is required.

Work Experience

Generally a two week period whilst in the last two years of your secondary education introduces you to the world of work and is the best way to gain a real sense of the Poultry industry