McVitie's, the manufacturer of the UK's most popular biscuit products, have been announced as the winner of the Festival of Learning Employer Award 2018 for their exceptional commitment to adult learning.
In partnership with the College of North West London, Pladis, the global snacking company behind McVitie’s, is using its Apprenticeship Levy to deliver training to ‘Advanced Team Members’ (ATMs) at its Harlesden factory – the largest biscuit factory in Europe.
The ATM Development programme is open to employees who work on the biscuit production lines and who also have responsibility for light maintenance and troubleshooting of the production line. Employees complete NVQs in Maintenance Engineering and Installation, along with functional English, maths and ICT.
Employees access higher-level engineering than would be the case in their every day jobs and many from the first cohort have gone on to take promoted posts or additional responsibilities.
Managers from McVitie's and CNWL were presented with the award at a ceremony on June 12. A video about the scheme and the award is now available here:
Julie Palmer, Head Of Apprenticeships & Skills Training at the College of North West London, said: “The College of North West London has a well-established relationship with McVitie’s, and we have developed this programme together to incorporate their training priorities within a successful framework. The company show unique flexibility among the employers we work with, with our on-site tutor delivering to staff in shift patterns that vary from week to week. We are proud to be associated with one of Britain’s best-known brands.”
Nina Sparks, Factory General Manager at Pladis, said: “Our site in Harlesden is the second largest biscuit factory in the world, so it’s essential that our people have the right skills. By providing this training we’ve been able to unlock productivity and reshape our workforce to meet the future demands of our business.”
Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, added: “This award highlights how developing the skills of employees results in a better motivated and happier workforce as well as improved productivity and reduction of costs for the business. We commend McVities for their dedication to the training and upskilling of staff.”