Spar wholesaler James Hall & Co is introducing new apprenticeship schemes aimed at presenting careers to local people that they may not have previously considered.
The North of England company will offer apprenticeships in craft butchery, craft bakery, supply chain operations, engineering and HGV driving.
Chris Chadford, training and development manager at James Hall, said: “We believe that people make the difference within our business and offer many different learning programmes to enable individuals to learn a trade, develop valuable employability skills and reach their full potential.
“We offer a number of apprenticeship schemes, which have been very successful, and have attracted exciting new talent into the business, so we are thrilled to extend our offer to these five new trades,” Chadford said.
“James Hall & Co’s purpose-built depot is a fantastic place to learn – every week, the company’s busy transport division (80 HGV vehicles) travels 130,000km across the North of England, with over 75,000 trays of goods moving through the warehouse.”
“There is a national shortage for skilled butchers, bakers and HGV drivers within the UK and these apprenticeships work to address that shortage. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of talent into our business and helping them to succeed within their chosen field,” he added.
Founded in 1863, James Hall & Co serves more than 640 Spar stores across the North of England, and employs staff across a number of departments including food production and manufacturing; business and finance; transport, operations and retail.