Labour leader Ed Miliband meets apprentices at Charles Wells brewery

May 27, 2014

He chose the Bedford firm as the location to focus on apprenticeships and the drive to get more young people into work, hearing about the opportunities from the people themselves. 

Head brewer Karl Ottomar told Mr Miliband: “We have five apprentices and a number of graduate trainees within our head office and brewery and expect this number to rise to 10 by 2015.  

“With the business recently restarting managed house operations we’ll also be looking at the prospect of running apprentice schemes within our pubs.

“Charles Wells believes in developing young talent in business and apprentice schemes are a great way of creating a rewarding career path by combining experience with studying for formal qualifications.  

"We have remained a stable employer in the region as we are a private, independent company that takes a long-term view and invests for growth.”

Mr Miliband also spoke to Laura Henman, the first apprentice to join Charles Wels back in 2012. She works in the finance team.

She told the Labour leader:”As well as the qualifications – which are the same level as a degree – I feel part of the business, doing a proper job here.  

"Apprenticeships should be pushed more at school but there needs to be more apprenticeship vacancies to fill.”   

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