Manufacturing Confectionery Apprentice - Kraft Foods

"The thing I enjoy most about my role is the endless opportunities to progress my knowledge and skill set with in the company there are no limitations."

Marc O'Connor, 24, Manufacturing Confectionery Apprentice - Kraft Foods

Tell us about yourself, what do you do?

I am a Confectionery Apprentice within Kraft Foods UK based at Bournville Manufacturing, basically my role within the company is to learn as many aspects as I can in the production environment from waste management, operating machines and understanding how they work to leadership skills.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The thing I enjoy most about my role is the endless opportunities to progress my knowledge and skill set with in the company there are no limitations. The more you put into the Apprenticeship the more you get out of it.

When did you start working for your company?

August 2010

What are the qualifications needed for this field?

5 GCSE's grades A-C

What was your route into the sector?

This apprenticeship was my route in to the manufacturing sector

What attracted you to joining the industry?

After leaving the Army and having a retail management background I was looking for a new challenge I wanted to work in a complete new environment, I saw manufacturing was the way to go.

What are your/your businesses key achievements to date?

Currently to date my achievements working with company have seen me achieve my NVQ Level 2 in Manufacturing within 6 months and has seen me progress on to my NVQ Level 3 in Food Industry Skills, also I have achieved many internal Qualifications in Sop Writing, HACCP Analysis, Risk Assessment Trained etc.

Also I have been able to secure and 6 month secondment as a Manufacturing Team leader within Bourneville Manufacturing which was extended to 8 months.

How have you benefitted from doing an apprenticeship as opposed to just getting a job without formal training or choosing a more traditional degree route?

Yes I believe that apprenticeships are the way forward within any business sector it allows for the training and development of the peoples involved and also allows for them to understand the business as a whole.

How do your employers support you in your apprentice?

Apprentices are supported by the senior management team in Bournville manufacturing as well as on plant support from Team Leaders and Trainer operators. Also the majority of the support comes from the mentor scheme in which each Apprentice is allocated a manger as a point of reference and they are you go to when anything regarding training and development

If you had to give one reason why young people should consider this career path, what would it be?

Endless opportunities that are available to young person today are absolutely brilliant and are well worth looking into.

If you had to give one reason why young people should consider this career path, what would it be?

If you never worked in manufacturing before it is a big and diverse industry with endless opportunities if you have a can do attitude and a will to succeed you'll do fine.

Where do you see your career going in the future?

I honestly want to progress through the management system hoping to become and manufacturing manger before I'm 30.

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