04 December 2018

Worksop Food Business Rated Top Employer by Apprentices

Premier Foods, the maker of iconic household brands such as Bisto, Oxo, Batchelors, Sharwood’s and Mr Kipling, has been rated as a top employer by apprentices across the country.

Its Worksop site offers advanced and higher level apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing, and review website RateMyApprenticeship sees the employer listed as number 43 out of 100 companies for 2018/19, while it is fourth within the FMCG and retail category.

Alongside big names such as Sky, Barclays and Virgin Media on RateMyApprenticeship, Premier Foods offers apprenticeship programmes across all of its sites and the rating comes as no surprise following the recent success of four dedicated apprentices working at its Worksop factory and studying at West Notts College. All four Engineering apprentices – Will Gray, Ayden Hall, Alex Stringfellow and Alex Pressley – completed their foundation training in Engineering Manufacturing, including Performing Engineering Operations, before progressing onto two years of studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering. They then went on to gain places on the HND Electrical Engineering programme, with all four successfully passing every module with ‘distinction’ grades.

Wayne Hall, Head of Engineering at Premier Foods’ Worksop site, comments: “We are so proud of Will, Alex, Ayden and Alex. They have worked incredibly hard to achieve their results and it was fantastic to hear West Notts College state that gaining a distinction across all modules has never been done before.

"During their apprenticeship in the work place, they also completed their NVQ Level 3 Electrical and Mechanical pathway programme. This really demonstrates how valuable apprenticeships can be, with the benefits of both on and off the job training reaping rewards for the apprentice. We are very passionate about our apprenticeship schemes as they allow us to invest in the stars of the future and offer people a bright future career.”

Following their apprenticeships, Will, Ayden, Alex and Alex are all now shift technicians at Premier Foods’ Worksop factory, responsible for essential maintenance in their respective departments.

Alex Stringfellow comments: “Throughout secondary school I was always unsure of what I wanted to do in the future, but the apprenticeship with Premier Foods has been a great opportunity to start a career. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to pick up skills and how much support was available from my colleagues when I needed them. I have learnt so much from college and from fellow engineers; I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who has an interest in breaking into engineering and electronics.”

Will Gray adds: “I firmly believe apprenticeships are one of the best routes to take following school. I read about the opportunity with Premier Foods in the local newspaper and thought it was a brilliant chance to learn while earning money with a reputable company in the area. For anyone looking to embark on an apprenticeship, I would say you have to be willing to listen and my advice would be don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Not only have I learnt a great deal about engineering, but the programme has also helped me develop as a person.”

Why not give a career in the food industry some thought?

Premier Foods is currently recruiting motivated individuals onto its apprenticeship programmes. More information can be found here.

Julie Harris, Apprenticeship and Graduate Manager at Premier Foods, comments: “We are extremely proud to be rated as a top employer by our apprentices and work with our colleagues to upskill them and provide on the job training. It is essential that we attract talent and raise awareness of our brands and the diverse job opportunities in the food industry and one way we can do that is through our apprenticeship programmes. We have fantastic feedback regularly from our apprentices, highlighting the value of our programmes as an alternative route into the world of work. Whether it be engineering, food technology, manufacturing, IT or marketing people are interested in, we have a range of opportunities available and run a successful graduate scheme as well.”

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