We look after people well. We respect them, reward commitment and loyalty, encourage talent, recognise achievements and ultimately appreciate their role in our success.
Everyone is given the opportunity to learn new skills and polish up their old ones through a number of in-house training programmes, some of which include input from Hull University Business School. Some of our senior colleagues also have the opportunity to study the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in the US.
At WJFG all colleagues also have chance to play their part, whether new starters or colleagues who have been with us for many years. The food industry is an exciting place to work and we are keen to inspire young people to join us and bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the industry.
In 2015 we launched our Graduate Development Scheme with four graduates starting their two-year placements with us, spending six months in each of our four businesses – developing skills in finance, marketing, technical, buying, commercial as well spending time in our factories. We’re looking forward to a further six graduates joining us in September 2016.
We welcome placement and MDS (Management Development Services) students into our businesses and also run apprenticeships. We also take on graduates into specific roles, supporting them through further studies.
As members of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), our colleagues have access to the Leading Edge training programme, with colleagues taking part in courses on a regular basis.
Each of our businesses carries out relevant training for colleagues but at Group level we work with Hull University Business School to run a two-week residential course each year to encourage talent from all areas of the group.
In 2016 we started our five-year Malawi Farm project, an initiative which aims to provide a village in Malawi with food security and eventually become self sufficient. In 2016 five colleagues from our businesses will visit Malawi to see the project in action and take part in village life.
Each year we send a detailed questionnaire to every colleague to find out exactly what they think about working for WJFG and then do our best to address concerns and make changes where necessary.
In addition, we have an Employee Benefit Trust to ensure we support our colleagues outside work too. We offer grants towards non-vocational courses and sports awards of up to £500 to help colleagues and their children enjoy sport. We also help towards the cost of university and further education for colleagues’ children contributing around £1,500 per student each year.