Tuesday - February 06, 2018

Bayer receives Investment in Training award for fourth year running

Bayer has been recognised for the fourth year running for its work in helping apprentices to get a foothold onto the career ladder.

It has received the Investment in Training Excellence Award from West Berkshire Training Consortium (WBTC), whose managing director, Matt Garvey said Bayer had continued to provide huge support towards its young learners.


He said: “I am delighted that Bayer has, once again, attained our highest accolade in the WBTC Investment in Training Awards. Our Certificate of Excellence recognises the rich culture of training, development and progression that awaits a Bayer apprentice making the company a highly attractive employer. It is thanks to the high quality opportunities available to local young people at Bayer that apprenticeships are being increasingly viewed as professional, credible and sustainable.”


Bayer currently has six apprentices working in a variety of roles, and a high number from previous years who have gone on to be employed full time, after successfully completing their apprenticeship.


Bayer UK/Ireland chief executive, Lars Bruening, commented: “Young people are the brains of tomorrow.  They are the ones who will help us solve many challenges in the decades to come. We feel strongly that they need our commitment and support to help them onto that first rung of the career ladder, so that they can be successful, help us overcome challenges and achieve our goals well into the future.”


Apprentice coordinator, Melissa Strong added: “We run a coordinated programme to bring on board not just apprentices, but also graduates, and more experienced talent. In the early days apprentices are slowly introduced and trained to take on their new role within the business environment. As they do this, we see them quickly develop and mature into responsible members of their teams where their contribution is making a real difference.”


Joel Smith, who is one of the apprentices pictured here, said: “From supportive colleagues through to great work ethics, Bayer has been the perfect place for me to experience the working world. Supporting the wider Commercial Operations Management team has helped me interact with different people to help me gain an insight into other job roles within Bayer, so I am excited to see what the rest of my apprenticeship holds!”

WBTC business development consultant, Rachel Eaves, presents the certificate to Bayer apprentice, Rachel Johnson, who is in the Communications team.  Behind are, left to right, Bayer UK/Ireland senior business executive, Lars Bruening; Ollie Lang, former apprentice, now in Customer Service; Kieran Goodchild, apprentice, Product Supply; Ben Hitch, apprentice, Customer Service; Joel Smith, apprentice, Commercial Operations Management; Alex McEntegart, apprentice, Customer Service; Rebecca Harrison, Bayer’s head of training and development;Emma Hart, senior training consultant, WBTC; and Melissa Strong, Bayer’s apprentice coordinator, Commercial Operations Management.

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