Britvic reaffirms commitment to young engineers

Soft drinks manufacturer, Britvic, has committed to help train the next generation of electrical and mechanical engineers, welcoming the important focus provided by National Apprenticeship Week.

Whilst the UK faces a severe shortage of skilled engineers, Britvic’s scheme has over two-dozen apprentices enrolled over a four-year programme with each apprentice educated to a minimum NVQ Level 3 standard.  The company was delighted to offer full-time positions within the company to all of its recent graduating class.

As the latest cohort joins the apprenticeship programme, Britvic reaffirms its commitment to advancing STEM-based employment and announced that it now has 29% of the workforce employed in STEM roles.

Nick Boles, Skills Minister, said: “Apprenticeships make absolute business sense while providing life changing opportunities for young people across the country. I would urge employers of all sizes to follow Britvic’s lead and to consider how they can make apprenticeships part of their growth strategy.”

Sue Skinner, GB and Ireland HR Director for Britvic, commented: “As highlighted by National Apprenticeship Week, developing the skills of the next generation is crucial, and at Britvic we believe it is key to our continued success. We are proud that our award-winning scheme provides excellent youth employment opportunities in Leeds, Rugby, Norwich and Beckton. We are also delighted that all of our recent graduating class have developed these much- needed engineering skills and are now working full-time with the company.”