Behind great malt, you will find great people. At Muntons we have always understood the importance of our people in delivering the best products and services to our customers. In order to ensure our production team is made up of the best in the business we support their entire career journey. As we celebrate Apprenticeships Week 2022 we share that apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers. We’ve been running our Management Trainee Programme, which is an apprenticeship scheme, for five years.
Dan Cooper, our Drum Maltings Manager based in Stowmarket, is one of ten apprentices across our UK business and has recently completed his ILM Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification, with distinction.
"My Muntons journey started in April 2012 as a Malt Extract Shift Operator working in our Band Drier department. After three of shift work, I was given the opportunity to transfer into a process improvement role within our Malted Ingredients division. This proved the catalyst to being able to move on to the Graduate Management Scheme (GMS) the company offered.
After making the difficult decision to bypass university and instead take the less trodden path, my personal goal was to always get onto the GMS. At the time of applying for the scheme, my interviewer seemed impressed that my quest to gain experience and build knowledge through my career, and this appeared to be their favourite answer.
Seeing the success of individuals who had previously undertaken the GMS, progress through the company, was why I chose the scheme and the opportunity to gain a qualification.
The programme was fun, challenging and very rewarding, Muntons allowed us to put the theory from the classroom sessions into practice, while also supporting projects we had to complete.
The scheme has also allowed me to complete the Malting Diploma which is a qualification awarded by The Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain.
I would 100% recommend this route to others; university is not always an option and schemes like the Graduate Management Scheme allow you to further your education, gain qualifications and do so while earning a salary!"