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LittlePod celebrates apprenticeship success

Natural ingredient company, LittlePod, is proud to announce that its current apprentice, George Wheatley from Clyst St George, ​has accepted a place to study towards a BSc in Food Manufacturing and Business Studies at Chester University.

East-Devon based LittlePod provides high quality vanilla, chocolate and coffee products, including the first-to-market vanilla paste in a tube.  The company took on 19 year-old George in January 2014 as a production assistant in order to increase their manufacturing volume when they moved into new premises with integrated production unit, part-funded by a grant from the Heart of the South West LEP’s Rural Enterprise Grant, for which Devon County Council was the Accountable Body.

At LittlePod, George has been given a breadth of experience within the business. As an apprentice in production learning all the systems and processes involved in offering the highest standard of service to customers, George has understood the daily demands involved in fulfilling orders to LittlePod’s HACCP standards.

George Working Hard At LittlePod

George Working Hard At LittlePod

​This has meant having a thorough knowledge and extensive training within food health and safety. During his 18 month apprenticeship​ George has been supervised by his mentor, Sam Davey, LittlePod’s Operation Manager.

Sam said: “George’s contribution has been much needed as the company has grown steadily over the last two years. George has had the opportunity to be part of our SALSA (Safe and Approved Local Suppliers) audits, which will be a great advantage for him in his future studies. He deserves to do well.”

George says: “I was ecstatic to graduate the apprenticeship programme because unfortunately I didn’t complete my A-levels. I owe a lot to the in-house training I received from LittlePod and my mentor, Sam, for the support he’s given me. It’s given me a sense of achievement and completion and the self-motivation to push forward. I have a way to get back into the education system and now I can look forward to a professional future. I​t’s a great way to not only gain a valuable qualification but to give you a chance to integrate these skills into a business.”​

George started his course in September 2015. LittlePod will continue to appoint new apprentices in the years to come.