Bridgwater & Taunton College have provided training for Mulberry’s apprentices since the company’s first intake in 2006.
In the thirteen years since, more than 90 apprentices have completed Mulberry’s apprenticeship programme. Some apprentices have gone on to apply their skills and knowledge in different roles across the business such as; Product Development, Planning and Implementation. Harrison Malik, Leather Goods Manufacturing apprentice in 2013, is now Mulberry’s Development Technician and has represented the Company at special events internationally.
Mulberry’s Jennifer Hollidge comments:
Bridgwater & Taunton College have played a major part in our apprenticeship story. They have provided training for us since our first intake in 2006 and continue to do so as our provider of choice today. The college have been approachable and accessible. We have strong lines of communication which have allowed us to share ideas, solutions and information to the betterment of the scheme and the apprentices. The college understand the qualification and have the experience to deliver content that is relevant and specific to us.
In 2006, over 50% of Mulberry’s workforce was over 50 years of age, 13% were over retirement and only 31% under the age of 40. The business had a skilled but ageing workforce and were finding it increasingly difficult to replace retiring staff with suitably skilled new recruits. Consequently, in 2006 Mulberry started to invest in securing future generations of Craftspeople and took on their first apprentices in partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College.
Jennifer Hollidge adds:
We believe our apprentices can be the next generation of Technicians and Specialists, Managers and Trainers. Alongside the knowledge delivered at the college, we provide the skills training and behavioural guidance that can create success stories from anyone who brings the right attitude to work. The journey our apprentices go on adds value to our product and our customers love to hear about it too.