CQM T&C Apprentice Wins Young Talent of the Year

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering award ceremony last night (November 20).

Jodie’s achievements were recognised in front of hundreds of industry guests, as she collected the trophy from award sponsor Marcus Brasier, md with b3 jobs. They were joined on stage by the awards host and star TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith.

The new Young Talent award celebrates the achievement of one of the rising stars of food and drink manufacturing. Choosing the winner from a field of six very high calibre entrants proved an incredibly daunting task, according to the judges.

The FMEA awards’ independent judging panel – led by Paul Wilkinson, chair of National Skills Academy and non executive director of Thorntons – praised Jodie’s skill, maturity and track record of continuous improvement. The judges concluded: “Jodie really stood out; demonstrating the confidence and ability to deliver positive results when she was given extra responsibilities, which brought real financial benefits to her employer.”

After completing an apprenticeship in level two Operational Performance, Jodie moved on to an apprenticeship in level three Food Manufacturing Excellence. Jodie’s passion to acquire new skills marked her out as a future industry leader of tomorrow, the judges agreed.

Peter Booth, Managing Director of CQM Training & Consultancy, who delivered Jodie’s Apprenticeship training on site at Thorntons commented, ‘We are extremely proud of Jodie’s significant achievement in being the 1st ever winner of the Young Talent award. To have her Apprenticeship training recognised in such a way is a great accolade for both CQM T&C and Thorntons’.