A presentation took place on the 18th December at the Muntons headquarters in Stowmarket Suffolk for twelve employees who have all successfully passed their NVQ Food and Drink Manufacturing – level 2 courses, organised by the West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.
Amongst the twelve Muntons employees was Ashley Prime, one of Muntons malt extract production operatives, who commented, “The course gave me a different view of what I was doing – it made me see the job quite differently.” The other candidates, who all felt that they benefited from the breadth and depth of training offered by this work-based course, echoed this sentiment.
Both Elizabeth Bray, Business Development Manager at the West Suffolk College and Rosemary Pearson, NVQ External Assessor attended the presentation, which was made by the Managing Director of Muntons plc Mr. Alan Ridealgh. Rosemary said “Muntons are one of only a few food manufacturing companies from this region who have undertaken this work-based project and this makes them special.”
In his opening remarks, Alan praised the candidates and the West Suffolk College training staff for their commitment to the course. He stated, “Not only have the individuals who successfully passed this course seen benefits at their workplace, where they have been actively implementing the practices learnt, but Muntons itself is also benefiting from the insights gained.”
The twelve candidates, all of whom are full time Muntons employees, completed the course in jointly their own and work time. This collaborative approach underlined the level of commitment shown by both the candidates and the company.
The European Social Fund, the Learning and Skills Council Suffolk and Muntons plc have jointly funded the course.
With another twenty Muntons employees currently taking the same course, this has become one of the largest scale training exercises that The West Suffolk College and Muntons have ever, jointly, undertaken.