Wilson Vale fuels manufacturing apprentices

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Wilson Vale chef manager Tom Jackson is pictured with Jo Parry, EEF's commercial services manager

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has appointed Ashby-based niche catering business Wilson Vale to manage its catering services across two sites in Aston, Birmingham.

Under a one-year contract worth £235K in annual turnover, Wilson Vale is servicing a dedicated conferencing suite and three meeting rooms within EEF’s new Technology Hub in Aston, which opened in November.

The other site started on 5th September, with Wilson Vale feeding approximately 150 apprentices and 100 training delegates and staff each day at the organisation’s Technology Training Centre at Nexus Point in Aston. Services include a breakfast, lunch and a grab & go service for the apprentices, as well as a restaurant service for training delegates. The 50,000 sq ft facility provides over 50 technical training courses on the use of 120 machines and equipment commonly found in manufacturing and engineering environments.

Andrew Wilson, co-founder of Wilson Vale said: “Now that the new building has opened, we have an opportunity to support the conferencing side of the operation and we look forward to supporting our new client’s growth within this sector throughout 2017. We are delighted that EEF has placed its trust and faith in us to develop catering at this important hub of nurturing, training and development of young engineers”.

Neil Withey, director of training at EEF, said: “We have invested significantly in creating world-class training facilities in the heartland of UK manufacturing. It is important that these high standards are maintained in every aspect of what we do, including the catering enjoyed by our staff, delegates and apprentices.

“An army marches on its stomach and the same is true of the highly skilled and motivated engineers and manufacturers of the future we are training here”.