Delivering Sustainable Growth Through Apprenticeships: Conor McKelvie - Mondèlez International

I started working for Mondeléz International in August 2012 as an Engineering Apprentice and haven't looked back since.

Mondeléz InternationalName: Conor McKelvie
Job role: Engineering Apprentice
Company: Mondeléz International

For the first year of my apprenticeship I attended Birmingham Metropolitan College five days a week. During this period I developed a diverse set of skills, some of which included problem solving, operating machinery and electrical principles. These skills have helped me progress personally as well as professionally; during my studies I not only learnt about the engineering process but also interacted with like-minded students.

I decided to join the food and drink industry because of the vast range of tasks and opportunities available, which suits my personality and my ambitions. It is also a sustainable industry - everyone needs food and drink and as a result I feel that it offers a secure and reliable future.

To further my knowledge I have also enrolled on a level three B-Tec qualification which will enable me to gain all of the necessary skills needed to become an engineer.

One of the main benefits of being an apprentice is the balance between work and college – you are immediately given the opportunity to put the theoretical learnings into practice and that makes the experience even more enjoyable.

If a young person is considering a career in food and drink manufacturing, I would definitely encourage them as I believe that this sector will offer anyone a strong and promising future. Our sector is constantly growing and evolving. There are so many routes to consider and different career possibilities to suit any individual.

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