Tulip apprentice celebrates winning national award at the Institute of Meat WCB annual awards
Leading UK food manufacturer, Tulip Ltd, is celebrating as one of its apprentices gets national recognition at this year’s Institute of Meat (IoM) WCB Awards.
Luke Petts, 29, of Redruth in Cornwall, impressed judges in the category of ‘Meat Apprentice Showing Most Management Promise’ at today’s awards.
Luke started his career with Tulip working in the preparation department as an operative, before moving to an operator position. Luke thrived in this position, and when there was a team lead position his manager was keen to progress him. Luke excelled in this role too and before too long was given an Area co-ordinator role in a very busy production team in the pressing department, looking after a team of 14.
Today, Luke manages a large and diverse team of 25, with a mixture of skills, ethnic backgrounds and inherited issues.
His Apprentice Development Coach, Amanda Kellaway works for national training provider, Remit Food, which is supporting Luke and his colleagues through their qualifications. She said: “Luke is a shining example of exceptional management and leading by example. His enthusiasm, forward thinking and professionalism is recognised by all he worked with and so, when a team leading position became available on day shift, Luke was given the opportunity to take on the role.
“Luke has made considerable progress with coaching his key operatives to reach a higher level of efficiencies. His positive and professional approach to improving areas such as yields, waste and productivity figures are inspiring.
The Curing Department Manager at Tulip, Steve Martin, has managed Luke for six years and watched as he’s progressed. He added: “During his time with me, Luke has conducted himself with integrity and delivered everything we have put his way. Luke works with a can-do attitude and a positive approach, regularly thinking outside the box to meet his team and the business’ needs.
“I have every confidence in Luke achieving everything he sets his mind on. This is based on the numerous pleasurable experiences I have had working with him, guiding his growth and helping him achieve his goals. I wish him well and truly believe he deserves this year’s award. Luke is not just an ambassador for Tulip, but for the industry as a whole.”
Notes to Editors:
– An East Midlands-based business, Remit Group, works with more than 6,000 apprentices each year across all its sectors, including the automotive industry, retail, hospitality and food manufacturing, IT and social and health care.