Confectionery apprentice - Mondelez

Calum Marnock - Calum started with Mondeléz in September 2009 as a temporary operator. It quickly became obvious to his managers that Calum was capable of much more, so he was encouraged to apply for the role of Confectionery Apprentice.

“If you want an interesting career, to understand how manufacturing works and be hands on, this is definetely the career for you"

Calum was the winner of the industry's Community Partnership Award in 2011, receiving his award from former BBC TV series 'The Apprentice' winner Tim Campbell and has since represented the industry at events and in media interviews.

Calum says: “When I left school I went straight into full time employment working alongside an MOT mechanic and learning from him. After this I moved into the construction industry where I worked as a self-employed contractor for several pipe works and ducting companies. During the recession my work took a major hit and eventually jobs completely died out."

“I then joined a course with Bournville College and the job centre where I was trained in basic manufacturing gave me the opportunity to obtain a temporary contract within Mondeléz. At the end of the course I was really happy to be offered a permanent contract at Mondeléz. I enjoyed my time there very much and whilst I was there I saw the apprenticeship internally advertised and applied. Thankfully I got through and it has got me to where I am today."

“I really enjoy the project side of my work. It gives me the opportunity to meet lots of new people and make good contacts, as well as the chance to take charge of a project from start to finish. It is also a great learning curve as you have to use your own initiative to make decisions."

“If you want an interesting career, to understand how manufacturing works and be hands on, this is definitely the career for you. It is also a great way to build up confidence and experience. I believe an apprenticeship is the best way to start your career.”

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