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Here at Weetabix we have been taking on apprentices since 2016 and we haven’t looked back! It is important to us that we educate and inspire the next generation of talented individuals to secure the future of the nation’s favourite cereal. In our latest blog, we will hear from Sam Dagley, one of our Manufacturing Apprentices who has quickly become an integral part of our workforce due to his passion for and dedication to his role.
What’s your role?
I am one of the Manufacturing Apprentices here at Weetabix, currently training to become a team leader on completion of the three-year programme. My role varies on a day to day basis, but frequent tasks include shadowing team leaders to assist with managing the shifts and helping to resolve any issues we might face.
I have had the opportunity to work on projects that have helped me gain an in depth understanding of the production processes here at Weetabix and how we might improve these processes to increase productivity and reduce waste.
How long have you been at Weetabix?
I have worked at Weetabix for over a year now and can’t quite believe how quickly it’s gone! Although a lot of focus was placed on going to University at my school, I realised that I didn’t want to take this route - I stumbled upon the manufacturing apprenticeship role at Weetabix and it instantly stood out.
What’s it like to work at Weetabix?
One of my favourite things about Weetabix is the friendly working environment, it still feels like one big family despite the size of the business. The support from colleagues here is amazing, even on the busiest of days people are always happy to help. Although we run a tight ship, I still have a lot of freedom when it comes to my job and I am able to agree achievable objectives and work to achieve them on a daily basis.
What opportunities have you had whilst at Weetabix?
I have had the opportunity to take part in so much more than I ever expected. I have worked with many different teams at different plants. I have even had the opportunity to lead meetings, which has allowed me to gain confidence by pushing myself.
I have been given the opportunity to travel to different schools to speak to potential new apprentices and share my experience of the scheme, as well as speaking to 30 different companies who were looking to start an apprenticeship scheme at an industry event.
Anything you’d like to share with us about your role?
It’s amazing to be able to work for a business like Weetabix whilst also achieving a qualification, but for me, the most challenging thing about the apprenticeship scheme was balancing my Weetabix work with my college work. It pushed me to try find a balance between the two and work more efficiently in order to complete the tasks I was given. I believe my college work was of much higher standard as I was always so close to all the answers and advice I could ever need for my assignments at Weetabix.
What do you love doing outside of work?
Outside of work, I try to get out the house as much as possible! Some of my favourite things to do are to play football with my friends or go out for meals with my girlfriend. Spending time with my family is also really important to me as we are all so busy with work and school that we rarely see each other. I actually spend a lot of time with the other apprentices outside of work, they are a great bunch of people and it is nice to catch up in a non-working environment.