It's National Apprenticeship Week

09/03/2015 11:11:38

Young people within the food and drink industry share their thoughts on being apprentices in the UK's largest manufacturing sector.

Gordon W Gillies, Maintenance Engineer at Coca-Cola Enterprises:

“By completing the modern apprenticeship programme I have not only gained relevant hands on skills to be part of the food and drink industry, I have also secured vocational and academic qualifications whilst learning on the job.”

 Matthew Smith, Manufacturing Apprentice at Mars UK:

“I am proud to be in the food manufacturing industry at Mars Chocolate because it gives you a good perspective as to how food products are made and all the skills you learn at college are put into practice from day one in the workplace.”

Sam Kelly, Electrical Engineering Apprentice at PepsiCo UK:

“From a young age, I always wanted to know how things worked - pulling things apart and reassembling them to figure out what goes on inside. I had the opportunity to undertake a vocational course at school in engineering and absolutely
loved it.”

Alex Pressley, 3rd Year Apprentice Technician at Premier Foods:

“Since starting my apprenticeship I’ve been involved in a number of projects which have led to greater efficiency and cost savings within the business. The part of the job I like best is that I get the opportunity to analyse and solve engineering issues”.

Adam Ravencroft, Engineering Apprentice at Mondelēz International:

“I was always interested in having a hands on job and engineering was definitely something I wanted to do when I saw the range of job opportunities out there for people with those skills. I’ve learned really quickly and have been able to get involved in exciting projects.”

 Sam Elliot, Engineering Apprentice at McCain Foods:

“Before I started the apprenticeship, I didn’t realise that McCain had engineers. Now I’m part of a big engineering department, learning a trade that’s critical to the company.”

Have a look at some more Apprentice stories here.

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