Wisbech student Nathan scoops top nationwide apprentice of the year award

Wisbech student Nathan Cope has won a nationwide young apprentice of the year award at the Food Proc

Wisbech student Nathan Cope has won a nationwide young apprentice of the year award at the Food Processing Awards 2018. - Credit: Archant

A Wisbech student has won a nationwide young apprentice of the year award at the Food Processing Awards 2018.

Nathan Cope, 19, is currently studying for his level 3 food and drink engineering maintenance apprenticeship standard, splitting his time between study at the College of West Anglia’s (CWA) Wisbech campus, and working at Bakkavör salad site, Bourne Prepared Produce in Lincolnshire.

On October 18 he joined other finalists at the Food Processing Awards held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Coventry to receive his gong.

CWA principal, David Pomfret, said: “We are delighted with the success of Nathan and our apprenticeship employers. Apprenticeships play a vital role in strengthening the economy and are both beneficial to businesses and individuals alike; learning pays, literally.”

The awards are designed to recognise and reward engineering innovation in the food and beverage sector.

Nathan said: “My apprenticeship involves shadowing engineers as they are called to jobs allowing me to gain first hand experience of the processes they use to find and solve any faults.

“I attend college alongside working, which has allowed me to develop quickly. Bakkavör have already provided me with so many opportunities, I am guaranteed a job there when I finish my apprenticeship, too. I plan on completing a HNC while working here, and I will definitely think about continuing on to Higher Education in the future.”

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Bakkavör is a multi-national company that prepare fresh food for the commercial market.

They have more than 19,000 employees who provide thousands of different products to customers all over the world.

CWA have a strong history of delivering apprenticeships and are the only college in the East of England who have been rated Outstanding for apprenticeship delivery by Ofsted.

Currently, CWA have more than 900 active apprenticeships in a wide-range of industries, including engineering, horticulture and administration.

Suzanne Gill, editor of Food Processing magazine, said: “Apprentices have a key role to play in helping create a more productive, efficient and profitable food manufacturing industry in the future.

“The Food Processing young engineer of the year award recognises youngsters who have chosen to work within the food sector and who have the potential to do great things here.

“The Award is sponsored by Festo and was presented by Steve Sands, product management and marketing manager at Festo.”

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