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Scan desperately needs people – wants to start their own training: "We need to be visible"

The industry for butchers and meat cutters is facing a large number of retirements, which means that the need to recruit will only increase.
HKScan has been able to see the consequences of the gradual discontinuation of courses in charcuterie, meat cutting and butchering for a while now.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 4 november 2022
HKScan i Kristianstad.
HKScan i Kristianstad.Foto: Johan Nilsson / TT

They now want to start their own internal trainings and invest in being more visible.

In a period characterised by high electricity and fuel costs and high inflation – the food company HKScan is standing on a pedestal in view of the changing global situation. Projections for Swedish meat are increasing.

However, the industry is desperately in need of several different skills. As long-term employees such as meat cutters and butchers have retired, they have also left behind a gap in knowledge. At the same time, the company wants to be less dependent on hired personnel and broaden its own workforce.

Magnus Nilsson, HR-chef på HKScan.
Magnus Nilsson, HR-chef på HKScan.

The domestic meat industry is beginning to feel the consequences of a lack of national training for slaughtering and meat cutting. At the moment, Scan in Kristianstad has ten vacancies in the meat cutting department.

– But we’re not even advertising the positions because we know that there is no one who will apply for them, says Magnus Nilsson, HR manager at HKScan in Kristianstad.

For a couple of years now, HKScan has invested in carrying out recurring training courses – ahead of the barbecue and summer season and in butchering and meat cutting too.

They have usually been in collaboration with the Job Centre and external training companies.

Magnus Nilsson har själv jobbat på Scan i sex år.
Magnus Nilsson har själv jobbat på Scan i sex år.Foto: Agnes Malteson

– The training has been carried out here, and we have hired those who have completed it, but we need more.

– This time we would like to do it completely in-house; we will then have increased control over the whole process.

If everything goes well in line with the budget and the needs analysis, HKScan in Kristianstad will start its own training for workers until the spring, with room for at least twenty applicants.

Another urgent recruitment issue concerns the lack of mechanics, electricians and automation staff.

– The machines are becoming more and more modern. New requirements are being set and other skills are in demand. Within a five-year period, we will need to hire between three to five people per year.

To solve this problem, Magnus Nilsson envisages a completely different investment.

– In this case it’s about being visible more and reaching out more to particular skillset. We will be more visible at trade fairs and work on collaborations with schools and technical colleges to secure internships.

Historically, Scan in Kristianstad has been a workplace that retains its staff.

– We have families who have worked here for generations and we have a reputation for being a secure workplace, says Magnus Nilsson.

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