Mondelēz launches new school leavers programme

Mondelēz International, makers of Cadbury, Oreo, Kenco and Bassett’s, is launching a new programme to provide training and jobs to A-Level school leavers.

The confectionery company has created its new scheme for 18 year olds as an alternative entry point into the world of work, with the position designed for those not seeking a vocational apprenticeship route or degree despite strong academic qualifications.

The programme opens for applications for summer 2014 today, and will provide school leavers with training in the skills needed for a career in food manufacturing, giving them both valuable and transferable experience.

Mondelēz also confirmed it will lead to a guaranteed job with the company upon completion of a trainee’s three year programme, which will take place in Sheffield, Banbury and Bournville.

Successful applicants will work with one of four departments – Sales, Supply Chain, Engineering and HR – giving access to training while completing a foundation degree.

Longer term, those who shine later in their career will be encouraged to apply to the company’s Globetrotters Programme, which offers a year-long experience in another market and function.

Gemma Friggens, UK&I Head of Talent at Mondelēz International said young people remain crucial to the future of the company’s business, which this year saw it bring Oreo production to the UK for the first time.

She added the schemes aimed at nurturing and developing future managers will include apprenticeships, internships, graduate programmes and the new A-Level school leaver’s scheme.

“We realised that there was a gap in the market to provide a viable career path for A-Level school leavers who are often faced with limited options if they decide not to go to university. As an industry, we hope that by providing young people with a variety of entry options, we can enable thousands of bright young people to enter the food industry,” she said.

The deadline for the 2014 intake closes on Friday 28th February. To apply, please visit the website.