Bakery equipment supplier Spooner Industries has been awarded the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business award for its apprenticeship scheme. 

The award was presented to Spooner’s longest-serving employee Brian Stockdale, who joined the company as an apprentice in 1962 earning £2 6s 8d a week. Now aged 70, he has worked his way through the company to become a commissioning engineer.

Based in West Yorkshire, Spooner currently employs 12 apprentices who joined as part of the annual intake. Successful candidates are employed on permanent contracts and undertake a ‘tour of duty’, working across all areas of the business as part of the two-year scheme.

“Most of the managers at Spooner began their working life as apprentices,” said marketing manager Kate Thompson. “We are very proud of our apprenticeship scheme and winning this award shows the culture of investing in our people and the future generations of Spooner is paying off.”

The business provides industrial process machinery such as tunnel ovens, air flotation dryers, coolers and provers.