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Increased potato demand sees Scottish supplier offer temporary jobs for anyone that needs them

A Perthshire-based veg supplier has announced a recruitment drive for temporary jobs at its factory in order to accommodate the country’s increased demand for potatoes since the coronavirus outbreak.

Published: March 26, 2020

Abernethy-based potato supplier Branston 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. The office staff who have a forklift truck license are also now helping out in the factories. Everyone is doing their bit”

Branston is offering temporary contracts to people with all levels of experience and has simplified its recruitment process by setting up a temporary jobs email address and telephone screening, in order to reduce unnecessary face to face contact in light of the social distancing advice.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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