Nestlé bosses swap offices for the factory floor

Posted on 4 Mar 2014 by Victoria Fitzgerald

To celebrate National Apprentice Week Nestlé factories across the UK will see managers trade in their offices to shadow apprentices on the shop floor.

This is one of a number of activities taking place to mark the occasion in sites across the UK.

Ireland Group HR Director, Matt Strip and Group Technical Director Peter Hagmann will trade in their offices and shadow apprentices on the factory floor.

Matt will follow Nestlé apprentice Alan Glenney as he produces Quality street and Easter eggs at the Halifax factory. Peter will accompany Francesca Igoe on the KitKat production line at the company’s York factory.

Matt Stripe said: “Nestle has been running apprenticeship schemes for over 40 years and they are a great way to get practical experience on the job as well as a qualification.

“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.”

At other Nestle sites apprentices are trading places with counterparts from other factories to learn more about the business while others are holding open days for local colleges.

The Nestlé Academy offers 285 opportunities for young people to join the business annually. There are 51 apprentices working across the business and the firm plan to recruit 50 new applicants in 2014.

This is part of Nestlé’s European Youth Employment Initiative, a commitment to help at least 20,000 people across Europe under the age of 30 find employment by 2016, 1900 of these opportunities will be in the UK & Ireland.