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Training Provider Wins Compass Group UK & Ireland Contract in Wales


An award-winning training provider has won a major contract to deliver apprenticeships to the Welsh workforce of the UK’s largest food service company.

Following a detailed selection process, Compass Group UK & Ireland appointed Cambrian Training Company as its preferred training provider in Wales.

Cambrian Training Company, which has offices in Welshpool, Llanelli, Builth Wells, Holyhead and Colwyn Bay, is delivering apprenticeships to the group’s new recruits and to upskill existing employees.

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Operating in the education, healthcare, business and industry as well as sport and leisure sectors, Compass currently has a small number of apprentices with Cambrian Training Company but is looking to increase apprenticeship opportunities in 2019.

The suite of qualifications available to employees range from Foundation Apprenticeships to Higher Apprenticeships in chef, business and facilities management academies.

“The reason we chose to work with Cambrian Training Company was the company’s consistent record for delivering quality teaching, learning and assessment,” said Jonathan Foot, Head of Apprenticeships and Early Careers at Compass Group UK & Ireland.

“Importantly, the company understood our business culture and ethos and that came across very clearly when we met managing director Arwyn Watkins and his team.

“Apprenticeships are important to our business to develop the skills of our existing employees and to attract and retain new talent within our business by offering clear career progression pathways.”

Arwyn Watkins, OBE, Cambrian Training Company’s managing director, said the company was delighted to be working with Compass Group UK & Ireland to deliver continuous professional development in Wales, utilising the Apprenticeship Programme.

“Our focus is to ensure that we deliver innovative solutions to support Compass’ business and personal skills needs to improve business performance across the contract commissions in Wales,” he added.

“This is a partnership that has already invested a considerable amount of time and energy on getting the foundations set to recruit new apprentices and to upskill existing teams.”

Cambrian Training Company specialises in the delivery of apprenticeships and employability opportunities across a range of industries pan-Wales.

The company is renowned for tailoring training to meet the specific needs of employers and learners. Support services to employers include advertising job vacancies on their website free of charge.

Each job is then linked back to the Apprenticeship Matching Service on Careers Wales’ website, which is used by thousands of young people. Employers can filter and review applications easily and shortlist and invite applicants for interview all from a personal area of the website.

The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.


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Incorporating public and media relations, the consultancy provides a range of services to businesses and organisations throughout Wales and the Marches.

A former newspaper journalist for 24 years, Duncan moved into PR in 1999 after editing the County Times & Express & Gazette newspapers – the main weekly titles in Mid Wales – for five years.

His main reason for leaving the newspaper industry was a desire for a new career challenge. His successful PR business predominantly focuses on companies based in Wales and Shropshire.

His motto is to keep things as simple as possible to avoid over-complicating what is a straightforward goal – to achieve media coverage for a client.

Duncan’s wide-ranging work entails media campaigns, researching and drafting press releases, media liaison, political lobbying, event management, organising photocalls, website content advice, social media and newsletters.

He has extensive PR experience of the food and drink, education and training, catering and hospitality, insurance and financial services, manufacturing, tourism, farming, property, fine art, lubricants and telematics sectors.

His contacts extend from local newspapers in Wales to the national print and broadcast media, trade publications and digital media.

Duncan Foulkes PR uses only the most creative photographers, ensuring that photography to support his work is of the highest quality.

He is passionate about issues relating to the countryside and enjoys fly fishing, watching sport and spending time with his family in his spare time.

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