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Apprentice Nathan cope from Wisbech's College of West Anglia scoops a national award

A Wisbech apprentice has won a nationwide award at the Food Processing Awards 2018.

Nathan Cope third from left alongside other award winners. (5575131)
Nathan Cope third from left alongside other award winners. (5575131)

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

He joined other finalists at the Food Processing Awards held in Coventry to receive his award.

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.

Nathan Cope won a national apprenticeship award. (5575133)
Nathan Cope won a national apprenticeship award. (5575133)

“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.”

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.”

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: “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."

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