SPAR UK Partner, James Hall & Co, rolls out apprenticeship training

February 20, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: People

James Hall & Co, the SPAR UK Partner for the North of England, is championing traditional trades by introducing a number of new apprenticeship schemes, aimed at introducing local people to careers that they may not have previously considered.

The company now offers training in Craft Butchery, Craft Bakery, Supply Chain Operations, Engineering and Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Driving.

Founded in 1863, James Hall & Co serves over 640 SPAR stores across the North of England and employs staff across a number of departments including food production and manufacturing; business and finance; transport, operations and retail.

Chris Chadford, Training and Development Manager at James Hall said: “We believe that people make the difference within our business and we offer many different learning programmes to enable individuals to learn a trade, develop valuable employability skills and reach their full potential.

“We offer a number of apprenticeship schemes that have been very successful and have attracted exciting new talent into the business so we are thrilled to extend our offer to these five new trades.

“James Hall & Co’s purpose-built depot is a fantastic place to learn. Every week, the company’s busy transport division (80 HGV vehicles) travels 130,000 kilometres across the North of England with over 75,000 trays of goods moving through the warehouse.”

Chris added: “There is a national shortage for skilled butchers, bakers and HGV drivers within the UK and these apprenticeships work to address that shortage. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of talent into our business and helping them to succeed within their chosen field.”

Find out more about the current apprenticeship opportunities available at James Hall & Co.

Source: SPAR UK

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The United Kingdom (UK) became a member of SPAR in 1956 when a group of independent wholesalers obtained the SPAR licence from SPAR International. There are five regional partners with strategically placed Distribution Centres in each region. A Central Office located in London provides national Marketing and Buying services for the group and supports the development of the SPAR Brand in the UK.

SPAR has led the convenience market in the UK for many years but has faced increasing competition in recent times. Always innovative, SPAR Partners have continued to grow the brand. A combination of independently-owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores spanning forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres and local neighbourhoods can be found throughout the country.

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