We have a duty to our graduates, says food Chief ExecNews
The Chief Executive of a national food business says his company has a duty to support its graduates and learn from them.
William Jackson Food Group is the company behind well-known brands such as Aunt Bessie's, Abel & Cole and The Food Doctor. The company was founded in 1851 in Hull, Yorkshire, and has been serving food and fresh produce to the UK ever since.
Norman Souter, Chief Executive of William Jackson Food Group, believes their longevity is a consequence of fantastic recruitment, including graduates.
"One of the things that helps William Jackson Food Group thrive as a successful, long-term business, is having brilliant people working with us," Norman says. William Jackson Food Group have opened their Technical Graduate Scheme and their General Management Graduate Programme. Norman thinks the company has a duty to develop graduates but the business can also learn from new employees.
"Our graduates have the direct support of our senior people, which I believe is crucial to the development of graduates on our scheme; it's the responsibility of our senior teams to ensure we get the best out of our graduates and that they get the best out of us."
The mutual respect from senior to new employees, and vice versa, allowed many graduates to forge long careers in the company.
"We have been welcoming graduates into our business for many years and in fact have a couple of long-serving colleagues who started with us as a graduate and went on to progress successful careers with us," he says. "More recently we have formalised our graduate scheme with an intake each year and currently have a cohort of 14 really great graduates working across our businesses."
"We have ambitious plans for the future and as such need the best people in our businesses to achieve them."
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