Manufacturing

The Bedford College Group & Weetabix

The College

Activate Learning

The Bedford College Group was created in 2017 through the merger of Bedford and Tresham colleges. It has over 14,700 students and serves the areas of Bedfordshire, North Northamptonshire and surrounding counties.

The college is committed to delivering world-class skills and vocational education.

The Employer

Weetabix is a food processing company producing breakfast cereals. The cereal brand, which is manufactured in facilities in England and Canada, is exported to 80 countries and has annual sales worth over £95 million.

The organisation has about 2,000 employees.

The Partnership

The Bedford College Group has been working with the Weetabix Food Company to offer apprenticeships since they reintroduced apprentices to their workforce in 2016.

The Group’s Tresham College based in Northamptonshire works closely with Weetabix to lead on the apprenticeship programme offered by the international household known brand.

The Benefits

The Bedford College Group offered the courses that Weetabix considered important and so they began working to offer apprenticeship opportunities. The aim was to ensure a continuous workforce at the right skill level and decided to do this by appointing apprentices as a younger workforce, to learn from those who have been with the business for many years. The aim was to appoint the apprentices as potential next generation manufacturing leaders.

Weetabix found that apprentices offer a different dynamic to the business as they encourage employees who have been in the business for many years to look at different and innovative approaches to the day to day running of the company.

What they say

Hear first hand from colleges and employers about their experiences.

Working alongside the college has made it simple to employ the right apprentices for our business. The college promotes vacancies through their social media channels in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire and then manages the pre-assessment to help us find the most suitable people. We’re really grateful for the help from the College as we get over 300 applicants each year to join our programme.

I would definitely recommend working with The Bedford College Group. The team in Northamptonshire are always keen to improve opportunities for their students and in the past have welcomed our guidance when we have requested them to introduce new courses to ensure that the students get the best possible foundation skills for industry. The courses are well managed and there are many courses and enrichment opportunities available.

Mark Foster, member of the Apprenticeship Steering Group at Weetabix

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