The two workshops held in London (October 10) and Leeds (October 12) – titled ‘Unlocking Actionable Insights’ – will advise delegates on how to more effectively engage with retailers. Delegates’ fees for attending the course will be donated to GroceryAid.
Training will include: how insight can help to define strategy and lead to better decisions; how to frame questions at the right level to get the right scope of insight; and how to turn insights into implications and prioritised actions for greatest impact.
Director of Bridgethorne’s training academy Paul Weiss warned suppliers that they were facing an increasingly competitive and fast changing retail environment.
“Suppliers who really understand the end consumer and shopper and help develop new solutions to meet their needs, are the ones who will win,” said Weiss.
‘Partner with and benefit GroceryAid’
“To be able to train people in this area at the same time as being able to partner with and benefit GroceryAid is something we are really excited about.”
Steve Barnes, chief executive of GroceryAid, said that the workshops offered a “fantastic” learning opportunity for consumer goods suppliers.
He added: “We are delighted that Bridgethorne will donate all fees to GroceryAid. Last year we helped over 14,000 grocery colleagues – the funds generated from these courses will help make a real difference to the lives of industry colleagues.”
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This week also saw Unite the union partner with global biscuit and confectionery manufacturer Pladis in a programme to recruit 50 engineering apprentices across the company.
The UK Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Programme runs for five years and takes place across Pladis’s seven sites across the country.
Engineering technician apprentices
As part of the agreement, Unite will be the only trade union Pladis will consult on all matters relating to its engineering technician apprentices.
Unite’s national officer Rhys McCarthy said the agreement was a “progressive step forward” for recognising the role trade unions play in the design and delivery of apprenticeship programmes.
“We believe a better skilled workforce – in better paid jobs – is good for workers, good for businesses and good for the economy,” added McCarthy. “The new recruits to this programme will know that Unite will continue to support them to secure a fair deal at work.
“It shows apprentices that Unite exists not just to protect pay, terms and conditions, but in the actual quality of the training they receive and the reputation of their apprenticeship in the industry they work in.’’
Meanwhile, fish processor Icelandic Seachill will take part in a “ground-breaking project” to train food and drink manufacturing workers by using virtual reality, after education provider the Grimsby Institute Group won a £90,000 investment from grant funding charitable trust Ufi.