National Apprenticeship Week sees Nestle give teachers a taste of the factory floor

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Nestle has given teachers a chance to get a taste of what a modern apprenticeship is really like by spending a day shadowing young people at one of its factories.

The teachers, from York, Dalston and Fawdon, will be joined by Nestle’s Senior Factory Managers who are going back to the floor and shadowing apprentices – offering their support and career coaching.

This follows research commissioned by Nestlé UK in 2014 which revealed that the majority of UK businesses feel that there are not enough young people studying maths and science to meet the future demand. Also the majority of young people, and their teachers and tutors, do not know what STEM-related businesses are looking for in new recruits.

Nestlé apprentices will also take part in a Twitter Q&A throughout the week sharing their experiences of life in the world’s biggest food company and how they use their skills to make some of Britain’s best-loved brands.

Nestlé UK & Ireland Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dame Fiona Kendrick said: “Apprenticeships are an absolutely critical part of the Academy programme and we have been offering them to young people for over 45 years.

“We are committed to leadership in this area, having doubled the number of apprenticeships we offer in the last twelve months. As part of our strategy to build the business it is vital we have a skilled and dynamic workforce and apprenticeships provide the perfect recruitment model and an unbeatable opportunity to start a new career.”

The leader of the Institute of the Motor Industry has taken the opportunity provided by National Apprenticeship Week to call on employers to consider increasing the starting salary for apprentices by more than 70% to compete with academic career paths.

Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI, claims that return on investment research demonstrates that most companies could increase starting salaries from the legal minimum set by Government of £2.73 to £4.73 per hour without loss of profitability.

Nash will address senior business figures at the IMI Annual dinner in Central London on March 12, and as a prelude he has said that the changing landscape in academic and vocational education means the motor industry will need to place a premium on its apprenticeships if it is to succeed in attracting the best young talent. 

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