Coca-Cola apprentices win British Soft Drinks Industry Foundation scholarships


The British Soft Drinks Industry Foundation (BSDIF) has awarded two financial scholarship prizes to Coca-Cola Enterprises apprentices, Lewis Milsom and Reece Whittam.

Foundation trustee, Dick Charlton, said: “It is a great pleasure to present two young apprentices at CCE Wakefield with this BSDIF scholarship award. The future success of the soft drinks industry and UK manufacturing in general depends on the encouragement and successful development of young people.”

Charlton presented Milsom and Whittam each with a cheque for £1,000 at a ceremony on 22 March 2013 at Coca-Cola Enterprises in Wakefield where the two will be undertaking their apprenticeships in engineering. 

The British Soft Drinks Industry Foundation has redefined its focus in recent years to address the growing shortage of people entering a career in the food and drink industry.

Gavin Partington, director ceneral of BSDA, said: “The soft drinks industry is proud to offer jobs and training to young people giving them skills and opportunities.  A dynamic and growing industry like ours needs talented and committed people if it is to sustain its success and continue to grow.”

Ian Johnson, operations director at Coca-Cola Enterprises Wakefield, said: “Coca-Cola Enterprises is strongly committed to the development of young people in their workforce.  Young apprentices are a key factor in our approach, allowing us to invest in the youth of today to ensure we have the necessary skills to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

“I believe that this fantastic support from the British Soft Drinks Industry Foundation of a scholarship award for £1000 will allow our two young apprentices, Lewis and Reece to invest in the tools for their trade and further their development.  We have seen great progress so far from both of them and I am very confident that they will both have long and successful careers within the soft drinks industry.”