Staff from William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) are taking time out from work to broaden their knowledge of the six-generation family food business.

The two-week training programme, held at Hull University Business School, is now in its ninth year, and is open to employees from all WJFG’s subsidiary businesses – Aunt Bessie’s, Abel & Cole, Jackson’s Bakery and MyFresh.

Dickie Donovan, human resources director at WJFG, said: “The course allows colleagues to learn about different areas of the business, including HR, finance, marketing and logistics.

“They have time with WJFG’s chairman, our CEO, senior directors from across the business, academic speakers from the university and third-sector partners with which WJFG works.

“The balance between theory-based learning and a hands-on approach really enhances colleague engagement and broadens their knowledge.”

As well as academic lectures, staff learn about business strategy, the dynamics of the food industry, and team-building.

Donavan added: “We feel the course is key to the development of people at all levels and encourages them to expand their knowledge of our business and the wider world of business.”