According to the group’s figures, released to mark Apprenticeship Week 2014 (March 3-7), a record 1,941 apprenticeships were successfully completed between August 2012 and December 2013. That represented almost double the number in the same period in 2011/2012.
The amount of new apprenticeships also rose by 3%, from 3,640 to 3,750.
‘Crucial to future success’
“The food and drink industry right across England has firmly established apprenticeships as an attractive route into the industry for talented young job hunters who will be crucial to the future success of the sector,” said Justine Fosh, ceo of the National Skills Academy (NSA) for Food & Drink and Improve.
Nestlé UK has pledged to take on more than 1,900 young people in the next three years as well as creating new openings for older workers.
Lauren MacDonald, who oversees Nestlé’s successful graduate, Apprenticeship and Fast Start school leaver programmes, will spend part of National Apprenticeship Week as apprentice ceo.
The role will entail shadowing Fosh to help increase access to new skills and raise further awareness of apprenticeships in the sector.