As part of National Apprentice Week (6-10 March 2016), ingredients supplier Edme is reflecting on the success of its own trainees.

Edme has taken on a number of apprentices and trainees - some now filling full-time, permanent roles in the business.

These include site director Jason Powell, who started his career at the company on a youth training scheme around 30 years ago. He is responsible for the whole site, the production of thousands of tonnes of flour and flakes, and all the engineering that supports that production.

“It’s great to have a team of highly experienced operators, but equally as important is motivating youngsters who are keen to be trained and to earn permanent places in the company,” Powell said.

“It’s crucial that the food industry - which nourishes the nation - attracts some of the best talent in the country.”

Edme also paid tribute to the following people who have significantly progressed in an apprenticeship scheme with the company:

  • Jordan Peck, first-year apprentice in the Edme lab
  • Luke Nesbitt, second-year apprentice in the Edme lab
  • Stephen Faldo, who joined Edme as an apprentice straight from school at the age of 16 and is now working full-time as a maintenance engineer
  • Robbie Crathern, who left school to take up a role as an apprentice electrician at Edme.