July 3, 2008

Food Course is Successful

A Pioneering course launched by Cheshire College which offers pupils the chance to work in the food industry while studying is proving a success.

The Young Apprenticeship in Food Manufacture is open to school pupils aged 14 to 16.

Awarded by Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, the scheme provides an alternative to traditional academic education by providing students with industry-recognised vocational qualifications.

James Yuill, a 15-year-old pupil at Sir William Stanier Community School in Crewe, was one of the first students in the country to enrol on the Young Apprenticeship in Food Manufacture. He is due to graduate this summer.

He spends one day a week either studying at Reaseheath College in Nantwich or working at award-winning cheese maker Joseph Heler.

"The course sounded really interesting, so I thought I would give it a go," said James.

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