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First Year of Food & Drink Apprenticeship Programme a Great Success

As the end of the academic year fast approaches, staff and students at Selby College are celebrating a successful 12 months on the Powerskills department’s newest Apprenticeship programme, Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance. Selby College was one of only nine colleges in England selected by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink to deliver the new apprenticeship in Engineering for the industry.

Learners have travelled from a range of food and drink companies across the region including Haribo, Greencore, J.E. Hartley’s and many more to gain practical skills and experience in the college’s Doosan-sponsored Innovation Building.

The Apprentices work on a multi-skilled training programme, which covers both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, so that they are able to maintain a wider range of equipment in their workplace. Many local companies have donated equipment to create a real-working environment in the Food & Drink workshop, including a conveyor belt from Coca-Cola, a heat shrink wrapper from Greencore as well as other machinery from Nestle, J.E. Hartley’s and Logopak.

19-year-old Haribo Apprentice Jack Bucktrout from Castleford said, “The Food & Drink workshop has really enhanced my learning capabilities. It has helped me practically as well as academically, as I get hands-on learning experience which I can use at work too.”

Fellow Haribo Apprentice Alex Robson, aged 24 from Ackworth, added, “The Apprenticeship programme has challenged us to build on our existing mechanical skills by adding electrical work, which we had not covered before. It gives us a broader understanding of the kind of machinery we encounter in the workplace on a daily basis and improves our maintenance skills as we have a better idea of how to fix equipment.”

Assistant Director of Powerskills, Ian Muir said: “College staff have been working with industry experts in development of the new Apprenticeships for the Food and Drink Industry covering Engineering, Process Operators and Advanced Process Operators. The new Apprenticeships have been designed to equip young people with the skills and knowledge that will be required to maintain and operate the new automated technology being rapidly introduced in Food and Drink manufacturing. These are exciting times with many new opportunities opening up for young people.”

If you are interested in applying for this course, contact Powerskills on 01757 211066 or email johnsonsu@selby.ac.uk

Published: Friday 29 Jun 2018