Home Grown Talent at NWF
Celebrating apprentices' success
Fresh thinking has been at the heart of Natures Way Foods (NWF) since the beginning. It all started in 1994 with bagged salad production and Natures Way Foods is now a leading manufacturer of fresh convenient food. The privately owned business now supplies prepared salads, prepared fruit, coleslaw, potato salad, food to go and dressed salads to some of the UK’s largest supermarkets and foodservice companies.
Four and half years ago Natures Way Foods welcomed Robbie Twyford and Charles Pearce onto the Engineering Apprentice Programme and we are delighted to announce they have completed the programme. Through extensive training across all three of the manufacturing sites, they have achieved an NVQ, level 3 in Engineering Maintenance.
Developing the next generation of Engineers is critical to sustaining Natures Way Foods growth ambitions. I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of the apprentices and department in ensuring the scheme has, and will continue to be an over whelming success.
Richard Sellis Head of Engineering
Our training partner, PETA, have assisted with the selection and assessment of our apprentices and our in-house mentors have provided essential guidance, support and health and safety training throughout the programme.
During the selection process the candidates are asked to design and build a catapult to launch a head of lettuce. Charles and Robbie both demonstrated excellent creativity and problem-solving skills, as well as a desire to learn and work as a team. Richard Parr, Chief Operating Officer at Natures Way Foods says “These attitudes will set them up for success in the future and we wish them every success with their careers at Natures Way Foods.”
When asked about the best part of the course, Charles replied that it was the support from mentors and management that made the course so valuable. Both candidates agreed that the first set of night shifts was the most difficult adjustment but quickly agreed that having made the adjustment they would not want to work a 9-5 job!
NWF is committed to the training and development of all staff and has increased investment in the Learning and Development programme by 40% in the past year.