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Kraft to double numbers of UK apprentices


Kraft to double numbers of UK apprentices

Kraft currently employs 36 apprentices and hopes to increase this number by 50% by the end of 2012.

The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company announced last weekend that it aims to engage 2% of its workforce on apprenticeships by the end of 2011.

Alan Lewis, head of engineering at Kraft Food UK & Ireland, told HR Magazine that the company has a long tradition of employing apprentices at its UK and Ireland sites.

Mr Lewis said: "The importance of apprentices to our business has been recognised through our appearance in the first ever Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, supported by The National Apprenticeship Service and City & Guilds. This is an exciting new initiative that recognises excellence in businesses employing apprentices, and for us as a business it is an outstanding achievement.

"Apprenticeships ensure that our workforce has the practical skills and qualifications the business needs, and at Kraft Foods, training for our apprentices includes a mix of on and off the job learning."

Kraft's decision to develop an in-house apprentice training scheme to ensure it receives a steady stream of skilled recruits follows a number of similar schemes being set up by large companies including Nestle and Virgin Media.