Bridgwater College and The Somerset Larder join forces

PUBLISHED: 12:38 08 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:38 08 December 2014


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Bridgwater College has recently teamed up with The Somerset Larder, a group of leading Somerset food producers working together as the main food and drink supplier during the construction of the nuclear new build, Hinkley C, in the local area.

At its peak, Europe’s largest construction site will see more than 8,000 meals served each day, and the sheer scale of supply required by operators EDF Energy presents a huge challenge, to which the only solution is a close collaboration between producers to form a central food supply hub. Somerset Larder founder members include Cricketer Farm, Pyne’s the Butchers, D J Miles, Taylor Shaw, Gundenham Dairy, Mortimers Bakery and Cossey Produce, and a further 50 businesses have expressed an interest in the new scheme.


Key to the fulfilment of the food supply contract will be a well-trained and committed workforce, and the Somerset Larder is keen to attract young people, particularly those who have finished, or are about to finish, their education but have not yet secured a job or an apprenticeship. Bridgwater College’s innovative approach to training and qualifications offers both young people and those looking for an exciting career change, a route that will prepare them for relevant employment.


Add to that recent development the fact that between now and 2017, it is estimated that the Food & Drink industry as a whole will require 137,000 new recruits, with one third in managerial and professional occupations, and the opportunities within this ever evolving industry are endless. With a massive global skills gap on the horizon, the potential for success in the industry is high. The industry is keen to boost its current workforce, a third of whom are approaching retirement age and will soon leave the profession. The food processing industry is diverse and is keen to attract young people, and those wishing to retrain to the multitude of career options it offers, covering distribution, research, production, processing, marketing, buying and many more.


Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre has, over 40 years, a rich tradition of delivering high quality education and training for the food and drink sector. The range of specialist food technology and related provision on offer at the College is currently going through a rapid expansion programme in response to industry need. This includes a full time Level 3 college course, Apprenticeship programmes at Levels 2 and 3, a recently validated foundation degree, a certificate of higher dducation, and an innovative new traineeship programme delivered in partnership with a range of local and regional employers.


If you’re looking to progress into this exciting and fast paced industry, you may be able to take your first steps as early as January 2015 by studying our Certificate of Higher Education in Food & Drink. Call our information & guidance team on 01278 441234 or email for more information.


Alternatively if you’re interested in doing an Apprenticeship in food & drink, or an employer looking to recruit an Apprentice, call 01278 655111 or email For all other enquiries visit our website or come and see us at our Open Day at our Cannington Centre on Saturday 24 January from 10am – 12.30pm. Our information & guidance team are also on hand to deal with any equiries you may have.

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