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New apprenticeship schemes to meet national skills shortage

James Hall & Co, SPAR UK wholesaler for the North of England, is championing traditional trades by introducing a number of new apprenticeship schemes, aimed at introducing local people to careers that they may not have considered.

The Company is now offering Apprenticeships in Craft Butchery, Craft Bakery, Supply Chain Operations, Engineering and HGV Driving.

Founded in 1863 and based in Preston, James Hall & Co currently serves over 640 SPAR stores across the North of England and employs staff across a number of departments including production and manufacturing; business and finance; transport, operations and retail.

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.

“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 130,000 kilometres across the North of England with over 75,000 trays of goods moving through the warehouse. There are so many opportunities within the business to gain fantastic practical experience, whilst learning your trade.”

Chris added: “There is currently 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, providing them with highly sought after skills and invaluable practical experience.”

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire.Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.