Students get stuck in at United Biscuits

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 by Chris Flynn

Students from Parrs Wood High School in Manchester will visit the nearby United Biscuits McVitie’s factory for the fourth and final time on Thursday as part of the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ (SIM) scheme.

The year 10 students last visited the factory on Friday June 29 and will visit once more this Thursday to meet employees to find out about their roles and the qualifications needed as well as witness how brands such as Jaffa Cakes and Penguins are made.

Lesley Flood, Training Coordinator at McVitie’s Manchester, explained that the company hopes to change students’ views of manufacturing and show them the career opportunities available.

“Students can often be surprised to find out that you need a certain level of English and Maths skills to be considered for a role at McVitie’s. We have a wide range of entrance levels from unskilled to apprentices, graduates and technical experts,” she said.

Over 1,000 students from across the UK will visit food and drink manufacturers as part of SIM, which is being run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.