Nestlé UK & Ireland has invested £110 million in its Tutbury site in Derbyshire and the creation of 300 new jobs.
The extension to the existing NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto plant will treble its production capacity.
Already a major employer in the local area, the workforce at the factory has grown from 160 to 500 employees since 2006 and will expand to 800 people by 2013. Of the 300 new employees some will become part of the first intake into the Nestlé Academy, a new initiative under which Nestlé UK & Ireland has committed to double its number of graduates, apprentices and internships.
Paul Grimwood, chairman and CEO, Nestlé UK & Ireland said: "Over the past five years we have undertaken a multi-million pound investment programme in the UK, establishing our next generation of world class competitive manufacturing facilities. This investment in Tutbury will extend our best in class facility, trebling our production capacity for export to over 38 countries across the globe. In order to grow we need to innovate and we are committed to the continued modernisation of our UK manufacturing capability."
"Recruiting the best people for our business is the key to our continued success. Through the Nestlé Academy we will double our number of apprentices, graduates and internships supporting the economy through the training of skilled workers . We will also provide on the job training which will open academic study to those who otherwise might not feel this is a route open to them."
Tutbury is one of only two production centres for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto in the world. Since its launch in 2006 demand for the 'coffee shop at home system' has been phenomenal with current growth of around 50%. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto is now available in 41 countries and in 2010 had a turnover of CHF 450 million. In March 2011 Nestlé announced an investment of CHF 64 million into a new production line at the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto factory in Spain which will double production and create 150 more jobs.
Recruitment is already underway for positions at the Tutbury factory. The Nestlé Academy brings together the company's Graduate and Apprentice Programmes, Direct Entry Schemes and 'on the job' vocational training and qualifications.
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