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Wednesday 08 March, 2017

Coca-Cola European Partners announces largest ever apprentice recruitment drive

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is marking National Apprenticeship Week by today announcing it will increase the number of apprentices across its operations in Great Britain by more than 50 per cent, investing over one million pounds into the business’ apprenticeship programme this year.

CCEP currently has 63 apprentices working across its supply chain, cold drinks operations and commercial operations. A further 37 will be recruited this year in the business’ largest apprenticeship recruitment drive to date, as part of an ongoing commitment to support the development of young talent and encourage a diverse workforce in Great Britain.

Seventeen apprentices will join CCEP’s supply chain and cold drinks operations teams at manufacturing sites in East Kilbride, Sidcup, Edmonton and Wakefield, as well as its Milton Keynes Technical Operations Centre and Distribution Centre in Northampton.

Further to this, the field sales apprentice intake will double to 20 this year, with outside sales reps being recruited for the Leeds, Manchester and London regions, as well as those working from CCEP’s Customer Hub in Peterborough. CCEP is reprising its field sales apprentice recruitment scheme following the success of a pilot in 2016 which saw 10 students offered year-long placements.

For the specialist field sales recruitment programme, CCEP is again working in partnership with MyKindaFuture to run a series of workshops in schools across the UK, offering skills-based exercises such as presentation and interview techniques. Successful candidates will then be invited to several Youth Event assessment days, where these core skills will be developed further with the help of specialist tutors including professional actors. At the end of the process, the stand-out applicants are selected to begin apprenticeships at CCEP.

In 2016, 97 per cent of all student attendees stated they felt more confident about their future careers after the events. Following this success, CCEP has now extended its work with MyKindaFuture to also support its supply chain apprenticeship programme.

The first Youth Event day for the business’ Field Sales Apprenticeship Scheme took place in Leeds this week, with others in London, Peterborough and Manchester happening across March. Students aged 17+ can still apply online at until Friday 10th March.

An Vermeulen, VP of Field Sales at Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “Here at Coca-Cola European Partners we understand the importance of providing vocational training and experiences to help educate and inspire the younger generation of professionals. We are strong believers in apprenticeships as a valuable route into the business world and we are delighted to be doubling our intake of new recruits this year.”

Steve Adams, Group Director, Supply Chain Operations at Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “We are extremely excited to be launching our largest apprenticeship recruitment drive to date. We have many talented apprentices already working across our business, and it has been very rewarding to see them develop into top professionals. We look forward to welcoming our latest recruits, who will be working closely with the existing apprentices and others across the business to mentor and guide them in their new roles.”

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills said: “National Apprenticeship Week is the highlight of the apprenticeships year – it showcases the best of the best and celebrates the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on learners and employers.

“There really has never been a better time to be an apprentice. I congratulate Coca-Cola European Partners for getting involved, giving people a chance to climb up the career ladder and get on in the world of work.”



Notes to Editors

Some of our current apprentices include Mariella Catling in CCEP’s Field Sales team and Kodi Gledhill, working within CCEP’s Supply Chain operations at the Wakefield site. 


Mariella Catling joined the Field Sales team at Coca-Cola European Partners last year, covering areas including High Wycombe and Hemel Hempstead, following her involvement in the recruitment programme.

Mariella knew before attending the Youth Event Day at Uxbridge that an apprenticeship was the natural next step for her following college, due to her desire to learn and gain experience directly in the working world.

She became increasingly interested in the role at CCEP after talking to current employees during the Youth Event Days, who she learnt had also started out in the business as apprentices. This stood out to Mariella as it highlighted the opportunities for progression within CCEP as well as the flexibility to get involved in different areas of the business.

During her day-to-day role Mariella supports around 130 accounts, where she assesses the customers’ business needs and identifies ways to help. The aspect of her role that Mariella most enjoys is being able to meet people that she wouldn’t typically come across and build strong customer relationships.

Communicating with different people everyday has helped to develop Mariella’s confidence in dealing with a wide range of situations – something that she was able to build upon from the scenario-based activities run during the Youth Event Days. She also enjoys incorporating the selling strategies she learnt during the workshop events into her day-to-day role, and looks forward to developing these skills further as she strives towards a marketing position within the business. 


Kodi Gledhill has been working as an engineering apprentice at Coca-Cola European Partners’ Wakefield site since August 2015. She is conducting her apprenticeship whilst studying at Wakefield College, working at the factory on her days off or during holiday time. Her shifts at the factory will increase over the course of her four-year apprentice programme.

Kodi’s responsibilities include assisting the experienced engineering team with maintenance of the site’s production lines as well as shadowing other members of the technical team to gain first-hand experience of the different machinery at Wakefield.

Along with her father, Warehouse shift coordinator Ray Gledhill, Kodi was recently name one of CCEP’s ‘Local Heroes’ to feature in its Made Locally campaign across Great Britain, which celebrates the company’s heritage as a local business by focusing on the people behind the brand.


For more information please contact:

Coca-Cola European Partners GB Press Office

01895 844 828 |


About Coca-Cola European Partners:

Coca-Cola European Partners is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCEP is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) in Andorra, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

In Great Britain (GB) we employ some 4,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, offices and depots. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, with a particular focus on sustainable packaging, water stewardship, and energy and climate protection.

We make sell and deliver the following products in GB for The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC): Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Coke Life, Appletiser, Fanta, Dr Pepper, Sprite, Schweppes, Schweppes Abbey Well, glacéau, Powerade, Oasis and 5 Alive. In GB we also make, sell or deliver Monster, Relentless and Capri-Sun.

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