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Nestlé launches ground-breaking management degree apprenticeship

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Nestlé UK and Ireland has launched the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, a new apprenticeship scheme, the first of its kind in the food and drink industry, designed to produce the next generation of business leaders. 

Working alongside Sheffield Hallam University, Nestlé offers its employees the triple guarantee of a quality degree, on-the-job experience and a professional pathway for future development. 

The three-year programme offers students the chance to combine a business and management degree at Sheffield Hallam University, with practical experience across four commercial functions; Sales, Marketing, HR and Supply Chain.

On successful completion of the scheme, apprentices will gain a degree from Sheffield Hallam, be offered a permanent job by Nestlé and become professional member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Initially thirteen apprentices are studying on the programme, split between Nestlé's Gatwick Head Office and their Confectionery Headquarters in York.

The new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship has been developed by a group of 40 employers and universities, and supported by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Nestlé is one of the first organisations in the UK to offer the apprenticeship, which is part funded by the Government.

The Degree Apprenticeship is aimed at helping meet the requirements of a growing UK economy needing more than one million new managers by 2020*. 

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute commented:

“Today’s launch finally addresses the core issue that a third of managers are rated as ineffective by their teams, a key cause for the UK’s poor performance in productivity. The new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship ties together the training offered by educators and employers, with apprentices offered the threefold guarantee of a quality degree, on-the-job experience and a professional pathway for future development.”

Dame Fiona Kendrick, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé UK and Ireland said:

“Nestlé is delighted to be part of this programme, the first of its kind in the food and drink industry. It forms part of our commitment to growing and developing our future business leaders, and offers an alternative entry point to a career for young, talented school leavers. The combination of practical, commercial experience at Nestlé and academic excellence at Sheffield Hallam is giving young people the skills that they need to become the successful business leaders of the future.”

Haleema Baker-Mir, 18, a Nestlé apprentice on the scheme said:

“At school I always preferred to learn by doing, and so I felt an apprenticeship was the right course for me. I find it incredible that at the age of 21, I’ll have not only a degree but also a professional status. I’ll already be in a role with a job under my belt and I’ll have the work experience I feel I’ll be in a better position.”


For more information, please contact Nestlé Press Office on 020 8667 6005 [email protected]

Notes to editors:
* Statistical Bulletin: International Comparisons of Productivity – Final Estimates, 2012, ONS, 20 February 2014

  • The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship was officially launched at the House of Commons on 11th November 2015.
  • Haleema Baker-Mir, 18 and Harry King, 19 are two of Nestlé’s first 13 Chartered Manager Degree Apprentices. Both work from Nestlé’s UK head office in Gatwick, and took their first steps toward their Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship in September. See the video here: 
  • More information on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship can be found here:
  • In 2013, through the Youth Employment Initiative Nestlé UK & Ireland committed to provide 1,900 employment opportunities to young people by 2016 and offer employability and skills training to young people in local communities close to its sites.