A father and daughter duo who both work at Coca-Cola European Partners Wakefield manufacturing site have taken a starring role in the company’s regional advertising campaign.
The advertising campaign celebrates the company’s heritage as a local business focusing on the people that help the manufacturer to produce and sell some of the country’s most popular soft drinks brands.
Warehouse shift coordinator Ray Gledhill and his daughter Kodi Gledhill, a first year engineering apprentice, who live together in nearby Methley, are the most recent of CCEP’s ‘Local Heroes’ to feature in the Made in GB campaign, and took part in a recent photo shoot at the factory on Kenmore Road.
Other CCEP employees who have featured in the adverts include two young apprentices from the company’s East Kilbride factory, an engineer at its Sidcup site and a team leader from its Business Support Centre in Peterborough and an Environmental Manager from its factory in Edmonton. The series will continue over the course of 2016, involving employees from across Great Britain.
The advert spotlighting Wakefield will roll out across regional media and will offer first-hand insight from Ray and Kodi on what it is like to work for a global brand, based locally in Wakefield.
Ray has been an employee at CCEP for 22 years, having joined the company as a forklift driver. Kodi has been working at the Wakefield site since August 2015 and is conducting her apprenticeship whilst studying at Wakefield College, assisting with the maintenance of the site’s production lines and shadowing other members of the technical team.
Whilst the family connection inspired Kodi to consider CCEP as an employer, she was really convinced to pursue a career in manufacturing following a work experience placement at the factory.
Ray Gledhill, warehouse shift coordinator at Coca-Cola European Partners, Wakefield, said: “Having grown up locally, my friends, family and I were always aware of the CCEP factory and the potential employment opportunities nearby.
“However, I am sure there are those who would be surprised that such a big site is based here in Wakefield, so it’s great that CCEP is shining a light on the possible careers available for local people through this campaign. I love working here so I was very happy, both on a personal and professional level, to represent CCEP in this way.”
Kodi Gledhill, first year engineering apprentice at Coca-Cola European Partners, Wakefield, said: “At school I loved maths and science, but I was unaware of the opportunities for young people in related industries such as manufacturing, especially for girls.
“I’ve found that apprenticeships, or ‘earning while you’re learning’, are a great way to get first-hand experience and see how businesses operate from the inside. I am passionate about increasing awareness of the opportunities which exist for young people, so they have the chance to find a job they love as much as I do!”
Trevor Newman, operations director at Coca-Cola European Partners, Wakefield, said: “We are extremely proud to be a truly local business in Wakefield and have close ties with the community.
” I’m delighted that Ray and Kodi have had the opportunity to be involved in a campaign that celebrates this as well as their important contributions to the site. The new advert underlines our ongoing commitment to the Wakefield area and I hope it also acts as inspiration for other local people to consider the potential career opportunities at Coca-Cola European Partners.”