Spooner Industries has been awarded the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business award for its Apprenticeship Scheme.
The award was presented to Brian Stockdale, Spooner’s longest serving employee, having started his career working for Mr Spooner as an Apprentice in 1962.
Based in West Yorkshire, Spooner engineers and manufactures ovens, provers, and coolers for bakeries and food processes worldwide. Working as a commissioning engineer, Brian Stockdale still travels all over the world at age 70, ensuring all Spooner equipment is installed and up and running quickly and efficiently. This year will mark the 55th year he has worked for the company and he shows no signs of slowing down.
The company has been employing apprentices since 1932. William Wycliffe Spooner was known locally as the industrial Peter Pan having set up the company when he was well in his fifties. Today, the company provides a well-established apprenticeship scheme employing local pupils to learn while they earn and currently has 12 apprentices in employment, taking more on each year.
Mr Stockdale joined Spooner on 24 April, 1962, earning 6 shillings and 8 pennies a week and has worked his way up through the company and seen a magnitude of changes.
Marketing manager Kate Thompson says: “Most of the managers at Spooners began their working life as apprentices.
“We are very proud of our apprenticeship Scheme and winning this award shows the culture of investing in our people and the future generations of Spooner is paying off!”
This year, the company also celebrated the 85th year Spooner has been in business. It was established in 1932 by Mr Spooner as ‘Spooner Dryer and Engineering’ with just two employees.
Employing more than 150 people at the Railway Road site, the firm is a leader in forced convection technology, making high-performance, energy efficient food processing equipment for the industrial manufacture of baked goods.