Compulsory training will ensure that the highest standards are met

A groundbreaking new Lion Training Passport scheme has been introduced by The British Egg Industry Council as a compulsory requirement for all members, revolutionising training practices and ensuring the highest standards of hen welfare industry wide.

Created to ensure stockspeople are all trained to the same consistent high standard across all UK egg production farms, pullet rearing farms and pullet hatcheries, the programme covers topics including bird welfare, biosecurity, food hygiene and health & safety. The Lion Training Passport then follows individuals throughout their career in the industry, regardless of the organisation they are working for.

Established by an industry-led working group comprising the British Egg Industry Council, Poultec Training and Lantram, the training scheme costs just £20 plus VAT per person per year, and further details are available on

BEIC chairman Andrew Joret said: “With this new scheme we are revolutionising the way we are able to deliver hen welfare training in the egg laying sector by ensuring stockspeople all receive high quality training and are measured against a consistent standard of best practice. Good stockspeople are vital to good hen welfare so the introduction of a compulsory passport that can be tracked throughout an individual’s career is a significant achievement and fantastic news for the industry and its customers.

“We’re always exploring new ways to develop the Lion Code to ensure the highest standards. Introducing the Lion passport as a compulsory scheme is a sign of our ongoing commitment to deliver and build on those standards.”