With National Apprenticeship Week putting the spotlight on the variety of schemes available, a rising star at Mondelēz took last week’s events as a chance to talk about his experience.
Kieran Worrall is a multi-skilled engineering apprentice in his third year at the Banbury Mondelēz site and helps to make Kenco and Tassimo.
He said in his case a choice of career was not hard to come by: “I come from a family of engineers, so when it came to thinking about my career options in my last year of school I knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps.
“My brother told me about the engineering apprenticeship at Mondelēz International as he works here as well – once he’d told me how much he was enjoying it, it was the only job I could see myself doing!
“I’m now in my third year of the programme at our Banbury site and I’m really enjoying it.
“I work closely with a highly experienced electrical technician to maintain the equipment. Mondelēz is a big company, so there are lots of opportunities to learn. They’re constantly thinking about how to innovate and improve which is really exciting to be a part of.
“The thing I enjoy most is the variety: I know that each day will bring something different, so I’m always learning. I loved science at school because it involved a mix of theoretical and practical learning, and my apprenticeship is the same – I get to spend time maintaining equipment on site, but also go to college to gain important skills in the workshop.
“At school I wasn’t told about alternative routes into work like apprenticeships so I consider myself lucky to have found a career I really enjoy. I think we need to do more to encourage young people into apprenticeships and into the food and drink industry in particular.