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United Biscuits makes great strides towards community targets

Date: 02-06-2011

United Biscuits makes great strides towards community targets

 

Two years after launching its People and the Community programme, United Biscuits (UB) has announced it is well on track towards achieving its ambitious goals for greater employee development, improved health and wellbeing of staff and further involvement in the wider community.
 
The People & Community Progress Report details UB’s efforts and achievements over the past year in the areas of graduate recruitment; school work placements; apprenticeships; establishing employee Learning Zones; developing the workforce through NVQs; increasing Food Science research opportunities for under- and post-graduates; establishing relationships with universities; and reducing Lost Time Accidents at factories. It also highlights the many charitable projects and fundraising initiatives undertaken by our employees.
 
Some of our achievements for 2010 are listed below and the full update report can be downloaded at www.unitedbiscuits.com/community.php.
 
- With our employees we have donated over £167,000 to charity in funds or product, up from £140,000 in 2009.
 
- We’ve granted 274 days leave for our employees to work on community projects.
 
- 10% of our UK workforce has completed an NVQ since 2009.
 
- We employed 33 people on our apprentice scheme in 2010.
 
- A further 23 individuals joined our Graduate Recruitment Programme bringing our total number of graduates to 39 throughout the business.
 
- In conjunction with our unions, 10 out of our 11 factory sites now have employee Learning Zones.
 
- We had 247 graduate summer places taken by students in 2010, far exceeding our target of 150 places.
 
- UB’s accident frequency rate has reduced by an average of 10% per year over the last three years, minor accidents were down a further 15% in 2010, and lost hours from Lost Time Accidents reduced by a further 18%.

 

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