Apprenticeship Funding (BSDIF)

Apprenticeships deliver for businesses and help them grow by:

  • Reducing training and recruitment costs
  • Increasing productivity and your bottom line
  • Developing a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce
  • Improving customer service results
  • Providing financial return on investment

The British Soft Drinks Industry Foundation (BSDIF) provides funding for apprentices working within BSDA member companies that produce soft drinks.  This is either by an annual payment for the duration of the apprenticeship or a one-off payment.  The former is to assist with education/training fees and the latter to provide educational/training support materials.

In 2015 the Foundation awarded three scholarships to two engineering and one administration apprentices employed by Coca-Cola Enterprises at the company's Wakefield site, and one scholarship to an engineering apprentice employed by A G Barr at the company's Cumbernauld site. In 2016 four apprentices also attended BSDA's 'Manufacturing Soft Drinks Today' course, funded by BSDIF.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises' apprentices receiving their scholarships on 22 April 2015.

 Left to right: Dick Charlton, BSDIF Trustee; Katy Pryor, engineering apprentice; Caitlin Simper, administration apprentice; Harry Ainsworth, engineering apprentice; and Ian Johnston, CCE Site Director.

BSDIF maintains the right to control and limit the number of scholarships awarded.  Consideration will be given to the way in which applications are received and will be judged on merit in order to ensure fairness and transparency.

For further information please contact Dick Charlton