Samworth Brothers Supply Chain Driver Academy
SBSC was presented with the Training Award at the recent Motor Transport awards, for its work in developing its Driver Academy.
The judges commended the business saying: “Samworth Brothers Supply Chain launched its Driver Academy with two aims: to ensure its driver workforce kept performing at a high level; and to tackle the shortage of qualified drivers across the industry with a number of routes into a driving career for new entrants. An 11-strong driver training team is now able to take a car driver successfully through to a category C+E licence, using four dedicated training vehicles.”
Four routes of entry are available through the academy – Warehouse to Wheels, Car to Lorry, Bakery to Wheels and the Newly Qualified Driver Programme.
Helping people into work
We continue our commitment to the National Movement to Work initiative by providing work experience opportunities for unemployed 16-24 year olds to develop their employability skills and help them into work.
Working together with Marks and Spencer on its ‘Breaking the Cycle’ programme, Blueberry Foods regularly offers four-week placements to young people who have been out of work for a period of time.
The Personnel team at Saladworks recently hosted a job interview training session for youngsters from Co-Lab2, a Leicester-based project supported by the Sports Opportunity Fund. Co-Lab2 is a community scheme that helps young people get back into work and education through sport and other activity programmes.
Developing our people
Through our Apprenticeship, Industrial Placement and Graduate programmes, we offer people about to embark on their careers diverse and valuable experience where they are able to develop their skills and grow their knowledge base.
Our graduate trainees are given every encouragement to succeed, as well as all the tools and support they need to help them kick start their career.
Industrial Placement students spend the third year of their four year degree course with us, where they can learn on the job in a role with real responsibility.
We also offer school leavers a range of engineering and other apprenticeship opportunities throughout the Group where they can earn while they learn.
Working with schools
We engage with local schools and career fairs to encourage young people to consider the food and drink industry as a career and to develop their life skills. Through our connections with local partners we mentor secondary school and college pupils on interview techniques and CV writing.
We are committed to closing skills gaps in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and have a number of STEM ambassadors across the business, who regularly engage and support schools on the importance of these skills in the food and drink industry.
We also have a number of Tasty Jobs ambassadors, who visit local schools to share their experiences of working in the food industry and provide information on the variety of career paths available.