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Celtica Foods

An ambition to be the best in its sector encouraged a West Wales catering butchery and meat processing company to establish an in-house training academy to grow its own skilled workers.

Cross Hands-based Celtica Foods, a division of Welsh independent food service wholesaler Castell Howell Foods, has a workforce of 75, has trained 45 apprentices over the past four years and currently has 17 on its books.

The company supplies meat to independent pubs and restaurants, hospitality groups, contract caterers, hospitals and schools.

Learning provider Cambrian Training Company has helped to develop the academy to attract more young people and upskill the entire workforce. Programmes range from Foundation Apprenticeships to Higher Apprenticeships in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills, Food Industry Skills and Food Manufacturing Excellence.