On the 4th February, Local MP and Government Apprenticeship Ambassador, Gordon Birtwistle MP, visited Mondelēz International’s site in Bournville, the home of Cadbury, to meet with apprentices and learn more about its apprenticeship programme.
Mondelēz International currently employs over 70 apprentices across the UK. Its apprenticeship programme offers specialisms in engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, and research, development & quality. Apprentices benefit from practical experience within the business, a mentor programme as well as the opportunity to study for qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs and Foundation degrees, all run in partnership with local colleges and universities.
Gordon met young people in both food manufacturing and research and development functions who shared their experiences and discussed how to encourage more young people into apprenticeships. Mondelēz International apprentices showed Mr Birtwistle around the factory and he had hands on experience in tempering chocolate in the innovation kitchen. Managers also provided an employers’ perspective on how training apprentices can lead to a more motivated workforce and enable the business to grow talent internally.
Gordon said: “I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet the apprentices and hear about their training programme and the interesting projects they have been working on. I’m pleased to see that Mondelēz International remains committed to investing in its apprenticeship programme and young people.”
Scott Probert, Education and Training Manager said: “We welcomed the opportunity for our apprentices to meet Mr Birtwistle and to talk to him about the skills they are gaining. Food Manufacturing is evolving quickly and young people are crucial to the future of our business to help us create innovative, exciting products like Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations, and we will continue to invest in the future talent pipeline of our business.”