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Mondelēz International and Aston University deliver an A Level School Leaver programme

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10 February 2015

Mondelēz International, manufacturer of Cadbury, Oreo, and Bassett’s, has launched a new programme to provide training and jobs to A-Level school leavers delivered in partnership with Aston University.


Mondelēz has created its scheme for 18 year olds as an alternative entry point into the world of work. While on the programme, candidates study for either a business or engineering degree with Aston University which is funded by Mondelēz.

School leavers have the opportunity to work across sales, customer service & logistics, engineering and HR. They are also allocated a work based mentorby Mondelēz and an education based personal tutor by Aston University. The work based mentor works with the candidate to develop both personally and professionally. They will help to guide them along their career path, building networks and development opportunities. The Aston Personal Tutor supports candidates with their academic development throughout their time at Aston University.

The business degree programme is delivered through blended learning using a combination of recorded lectures, online live tutorials and face-to-face contact time with Aston Academics. The engineering programme is delivered through 12 weeks on campus, attending lectures with other work based learning students.

Gemma Friggens, Talent Lead Europe at Mondelēz International said: “We are delighted to work with Aston University to deliver our A Level School Leaver programme. At Mondelēz, we have experienced first-hand how valuable these young people are within our organisation once given the right on-the-job training, so it’s essential we equip them with the necessary skills and academic qualifications too.

Young people are crucial to the future of our business as they provide the fresh insight that drives innovation and growth, which we’ve already started to see in our first intake of school leavers, so we are excited to see their potential once they have completed the full degree programme.”  

Megan Finch, in the first year of the School Leaver programme said: “I’ve loved my first couple of months working here in Bournville, the home of Cadbury, and it has given me a real insight into the world of human resources. I always knew I wanted to go straight into work and start earning my own money. I didn’t fancy running up a lot of debt by going to university, so this opportunity seemed perfect, as I can build a career and continue to learn and work towards a degree at the same time.”

Odette Hutchinson, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching at Aston Business School, said: “These innovative programmes have been designed in partnership with Mondelēz International ensuring that students on these courses not only reach their full potential as employees but that they reach their full potential as undergraduates. Aston University has a long and successful record delivering work based learning and industrial placements. We are confident that these programmes offer a dynamic and innovative pathway that allows undergraduate students to earn, while they learn!” 

For further information about the School Leaver Programme, visit www.mdlzearlycareers.co.uk.

For further details please contact:

Mondelez International Press Office
Samantha Wothers
ukpressoffice@mdlz.com
01895 615 011

Aston University Press Office
Alex Earnshaw
a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk
0121 204 4549