Students given a taste of being an apprentice

A TyneMet student is shown the ropes by a Nestle apprentice. Picture by Chris North.
A TyneMet student is shown the ropes by a Nestle apprentice. Picture by Chris North.

Students have been given a taste of an apprenticeship at a chocolate factory.

Six students from TyneMet College with an interest in a career in engineering got an insight to working at Nestlé’s factory in Fawdon, Newcastle.

They saw work in a maintenance team from the perspective of both an apprentice and a technician.

Research commissioned by Nestlé UK showed the majority of UK businesses feel there are not enough young people studying maths and science to meet future demand.

Nestlé Fawdon factory manager Howard Baker said: “Nestlé has been running apprenticeship schemes for over 45 years and they are a great way to get practical experience on the job as well as a qualification.

“As part of our strategy to build the business, it is vital we have a skilled and dynamic workforce and apprenticeships provide the perfect recruitment model and an unbeatable opportunity to start a new career.”