Yesterday (November 18) at the Houses of Parliament, MPs and FWD members and supplier partners gathered together to honour and reward 18 of the industry’s top apprentices.
FWD members employ around 68,000 people, including 6,000 on apprenticeships and training courses, and have a disproportionately high share of young employees between the ages of 16 and 24, spread evenly across the entire country.
“The investment that wholesalers put into identifying talent and supporting career-long training is a great contribution towards getting the country’s youth into work and providing them with the skills that will keep them there,” said FWD chief executive James Bielby. “Today we are inviting 18 of these apprentices and trainees to join us at the Houses of Parliament not only to reward their hard work and study, but also to send a clear message to Government about wholesale distribution’s commitment to skills and training, and to equipping young people to build careers in our sector.”
The Awards (certificates plus a financial reward) were presented by Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, who is co-chair of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board and the Prime Minister’s advisor on apprenticeships.
The full list of winners was as follows: Jamie Morris, Booker Gloucester; Emma Hindle, Booker Burnley; David Willoughby, Booker Sunbury; Luke Ellingworth,Booker Trowbridge; Rebecca Wells, Today’s Group, Doncaster; Michelle McKean, Today’s Group, Doncaster; Muneeb Mahadik, East End Foods, Birmingham; Hatif Iqbal, East End Foods, Birmingham; Ryan Cuff, East End Foods; from Parfetts, Nicky Stretton (Somercotes), Jordan Hodgson (Halifax), Joseph Peters and Tom McGlinchey (Stockport); Lauren Huckle, Palmer & Harvey, Leeds; Jack Brooks, Country Range, Altham; Ben Hilton, Blakemore Fine Foods, Willenhall; Jamie Daniels, Blakemore Foodservice, Jamesbridge; Callum McCombs, Blakemore Foodservice, Jamesbridge.
We’ll have a full feature on the apprentices in the December issue of Wholesale News.