As 2014 National Apprenticeship Week comes to a close Winterbotham Darby are very proud to announce that they’ve been awarded ‘Outstanding Employer of the Year’ at this year’s East Surrey College Apprenticeship Awards. This is in recognition of their work in conjunction with the college for people development, work placements, apprenticeships and company sponsored business projects for level 3 students.
Another award was also presented to Winterbotham Darby employee Jade Castles, Warehouse Systems Support Manager who won the ‘Apprentice of the Year ‘award due to her commitment and professionalism completing her level 4 Adult Apprenticeship in Management.
Working with East Surrey College
For the last two years, the business has offered East Surrey College students the opportunity to join the Office and Warehouse work placement scheme. Running for a year, the scheme offers students a great opportunity to work across a range of departments. This year Rebbeca Hart is working as an Office Assistant supporting the HR, Development and Marketing Team whilst she studies Level 3 in Business.
January 2014 saw the launch of the first sponsored Business Project for East Surrey College Level 3 business students. Students were set the challenge to ‘develop a brand and business case for 6 olive lines’. They are currently working on the project, which will be completed at the end of March and judged by the Winterbotham Darby Marketing team.
Staff training and development
As a business there is also a strong commitment to the training and development of staff – recognizing the importance of offering opportunities to take part in vocational, as well as academic training. Studying at the College, members of the Warehouse team have achieved their Warehousing Level 2 and Team Leading Level 2 NVQs during this time.
As mentioned above, Jade Castles also complete her Level 4 Adult Apprenticeship in Management, to a very high standard.
On receiving the Outstanding Employer of the Year award Katy Kinsella-Whyte, Winterbotham Darby’s Head of HR said:
“We strongly believe in on-the-job development and training and feel it’s one of the most effective means of developing our people. Apprenticeships and work experience placements give people the opportunity not only to learn about the FMCG Food industry, but also to actively contribute to the success of our business.
We work in partnership with East Surrey College to promote an understanding of our industry with the employees of the future through business-based projects and work placements each year. We would like to thank the College and all of our Apprentices and work placement employees for the support that they have given us over the last two years.“