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Thanet Earth Hires Staff Following Scheme With Hadlow College

Posted on 31st March 2016 in Horticulture




We are delighted to announce that a second group of students have graduated from the Movement to Work initiative at Thanet Earth, run in conjunction with the College’s Apprenticeships, Business and Community arm. The participants were selected from the local area by Job Centre Plus for the scheme, which took place over a four-week period and allowed the students to spend time working in all operational areas of the Thanet Earth business. Five of the participants were offered full-time roles with the business upon their graduation.

As a vital part of the Kent economy, the food, agriculture and horticulture sector relies on a supportive workforce - and by bringing two of the strongest sector partners together to create the programme, run as part of the national Movement to Work scheme, the jobseekers receive the very best in training and support. Each graduate received an in-house HACCP food safety management system training session and had sessions on interview skills and preparation of a CV with Hadlow tutors.

Commenting on the scheme’s success, Lesley Gregson, Hadlow College’s Lecturer in Employability Skills, said: “It’s been hugely rewarding to see the academy members’ confidence increase as the course progresses and the end result is fantastic: five people given the boost they needed to enter employment with a highly reputable local business.”


Thanet Earth is the UK’s largest, newest and most environmentally sustainable producer of cucumbers, peppers and speciality tomatoes. With planning permission for seven greenhouses on the Kent site (four constructed so far), the company leads the market in UK salad production.

Packing of the crops grown at Thanet Earth takes place in a state-of-the-art factory on site. The company also imports, packs and markets crops grown overseas, and an agreement with another leading tomato grower, Cornerways, has been announced. This contract sees Thanet Earth market the Cornerways tomato crop from 2016.

For more information, contact: Philip Orrell, Hadlow Group PR and Media Manager, Tel: 01732 372794,

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