Leicester food business celebrates apprentices

A National Apprenticeship Week celebration took place this week as Leicester-based food business Samworth Brothers highlighted its apprentices.

Taking place at Bradgate Bakery in Beaumont Leys, the celebration was attended by the Assistant City Mayor, Councillor Vi Dempster.

“Our apprentices are very much doing real jobs, getting high-quality learning opportunities and making a positive impact on our business,” said Paul Davey, the company’s Group Executive Director who’s responsible for People.

“We have a great variety of apprenticeship opportunities ranging from programmes for school leavers and young people, through to more life-long learning opportunities for colleagues across all age ranges and at different career stages.”

Apprentice guests included Tian, working at Bradgate Bakery in Leicester and studying for a Level 3 qualification in electrical and mechanical engineering as a Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer.

“I joined Samworth Brothers in 2018 as a school leaver, having never done any engineering before I started on this programme. For me, being an apprentice is a great opportunity, because you get to learn a trade and earn a living at the same time. I’ve learned huge amounts in my first year as an apprentice,” he said.

“The skilled team of engineers based here are my teachers and I also spend one day a week in college. At the end of my four years, I will have a Level 3 qualification in electrical and mechanical engineering and I’ll be qualified to undertake a multi-skilled engineering role.”

Another apprentice guest Alex is working towards a Level 5 apprenticeship award in Operational Management.

“I work in the Process Development department which is a fast-paced environment where we trial lots of new product ideas for different customers. I’m being given the opportunity to learn new skills, gain new experiences and to develop my confidence,” he said.

“Along the way, I’m discovering that it’s important to take all the opportunities that come my way and not to worry about how many questions I ask.”