Georgia Hayes, first year manufacturing apprentice at Nestlé Tutbury, was invited to speak at a recent event organised by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) looking at improving the image of careers in food and farming.
The event was hosted by Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (pictured left with Georgia) and brought together organisations from across the industry who are working together to encourage more people to think about careers in food and drink. Senior policy-makers from government, food and drink company representatives and trade associations were also in attendance.
Georgia is based at Nestlé’s Tutbury site, the home of Nescafé Original and Nescafé Dolce Gusto, and spoke about her experiences as an apprentice: “There are quite a few myths around working in a food and drink factory, and I’ll admit that I believed a few of them too,” she said.
“I think the biggest myth about our factory is that the job is very repetitive, and people working here are just stood on the line screwing lids onto coffee jars, sticking on labels, and packing boxes. But this is far from the truth. The diversity of the roles throughout the factory gives people the opportunity to develop in all areas, and being an apprentice means that I am constantly learning and practising new skills.”
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