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Calum Marnock, confectionery apprentice, Cadbury's
Job Title: Confectionery Apprentice
Employer: Cadbury, Bournville
Qualification: NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Food Manufacturing
Q: What does an average day involve?
A: My day starts with a morning meeting along with all the other apprentices, in which we go through our daily action log. In our action log we list the tasks/jobs that need doing and look back at actions that need completing and try to find ways to resolve them. While training on a plant you will work alongside a trainer operator who will talk you through all the processes in that area. The remainder of the day is spent on-plant for training. One day a week we have a ‘course work day’ where we can sit in our apprentice room and
work our way through our NVQ questions or spend time working on a project.
Q: What was your career path to your job?
A: When I left school I went straight into full time employment working alongside an MOT mechanic and learning from him. After this I moved into the construction industry where I worked as a self employed contractor for several pipe works and ducting companies. During the recession my work took a major hit and eventually jobs completely died out. I then joined a course with Bournville College and the job centre where I was trained in basic manufacturing and given the opportunity to obtain a temporary contract within Cadbury. At the end of the course I was really happy to be offered a temporary contract at Cadbury. I enjoyed my time there very much and whilst I was there I saw the apprenticeship internally advertised and applied. Thankfully I got through and it has got me to where I am today.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: Personally I really enjoy the project side of my work. It gives me the opportunity to meet a lot of new people and make good contacts, as well as the chance to take charge of a project from start to finish. It is also a great learning curve as you have to use your own initiative to make decisions.
Q: What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing this career?
A: If you want an interesting career, to understand how manufacturing works and be hands on, this is definitely the career for you. It is also a great way to build up confidence and experience. I believe an
apprenticeship is the best way to start your career.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years time?
A: I see myself as a highly trained wet end operator, specialising in tending machines that mix or blend liquid materials within a factory. Looking to the future, I would really like to move into management at a later date once I have all the skills I need.
Q: Who would be your ideal dinner guest?
A: It would have to be Jimmy Carr. I really admire him as a comic and I love the way he is quick witted and shows his intelligence through his dry sense of humour.