Bot­tling firm takes on new ap­pren­tices

Com­pany looks to the fu­ture

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­ Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

Bot­tling and dis­tri­bu­tion gi­ant Coca-Cola Eu­ro­pean Part­ners, which op­er­ates a cus­tomer hub in Peter­bor­ough, has un­veiled its lat­est in­take of ap­pren­tices.

The 10 young­sters, re­cruited to work as sales rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the hub in Mor­ley Way, Wood­ston, were cho­sen for the year-long ap­pren­tice­ships, af­ter a gru­elling se­lec­tion process.

An Ver­meulen, vice-pres­i­dent of field sales for the firm, which is the largest in­de­pen­dent Coca-Cola bot­tler based on rev­enue, said: “We were hugely im­pressed by the ef­forts of all stu­dents that par­tic­i­pated across the pro­gramme, and are de­lighted to be wel­com­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent to the busi­ness.

“We look for­ward to guid­ing our new ap­pren­tices over the next year and watch­ing their de­vel­op­ment within CCEP.

She added :“With more ap­pren­tice­ship son of­fer for the 2017 pro­gramme, we’re very ex­cited to see the depth of tal­ent we know schools have to of­fer, and to con­tinue our work en­gag­ing with lo­cal stu- dents and help­ing them to de­velop im­por­tant busi­ness skills.”

One of the new ap­pren­tices at Peter­bor­ough’s Cus­tomer Hub is Bai­ley Dana­har.

Mr Dana­har said he ap­plied for an ap­pren­tice­ship be­cause he was at­tracted by the prospect of work­ing with one of the big­gest brands in the world and felt that it would be a valu­able op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand his skill-set.

He said: “I stud­ied busi­ness at GCSE and A Level at Bourne Acad­emy. I en­joy be­ing able to put what I learned dur­ing my stud­ies into prac­tise and de­vel­op­ing my skills in pro­mot­ing and sell­ing.”

The new ap­pren­tices with An Ver­meu­lenm, cen­tre, and Bai­ley Dana­har, left.

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