Greggs launches national apprenticeship programme

first_imgGreggs has launched a national apprenticeship programme that it claims will help to fast-track its expansion plans.The Newcastle-based business has teamed up with Gateshead College to deliver the scheme. It will see 120 apprentices trained in retail service or management in eight locations – Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Norfolk, Bristol, London, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and the Midlands.Apprentices on the retail service course will be trained in customer service, sales, equality and diversity, and workplace health and safety. They will also gain insight into Greggs’ business model and skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and presentation and interview techniques.Meanwhile, apprentices on the team leader course will learn additional skills in management, motivation and conflict resolution.Greggs said the scheme would help it develop a new pipeline of skills to support its future growth plans, which include the opening of more outlets in the south west of England and Northern Ireland.The company last week said it expected to open 140-150 shops and close 40-50 in its current financial year, a net increase of around 100. The company’s total sales have grown 7.8% in the year-to-date, with like-for-like sales up 3.9%.“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Gateshead College on this exciting project, which is a great way of bringing new skills and fresh ideas into our business. This unique, collaborative approach has created a training offer that has been designed specifically to support our business goals and future growth plans,” said Roisin Currie, people and retail director at Greggs.Gateshead College was selected for the scheme following a competitive tender process. Together, Greggs and the college will train apprentices to an industry-defined standard that replaces traditional qualification frameworks and requires staff to demonstrate specific skills, competencies and personal attributes when carrying out their day-to-day jobs.“Together with Greggs, we’ve developed a flexible, dynamic training solution that is tailored specifically to the needs of the business,” added Ivan Jepson, director of business development at Gateshead College.The food-to-go business said trading had benefited from investment in greater product availability and service, reporting total sales up 8.6% in the 13 weeks to 30 September. Like-for-like sales through company-managed shops rose 5% over the period.Greggs said investment in its supply chain was progressing, and that it was focusing on redeveloping its Leeds bakery to consolidate manufacturing of small cakes and muffins. The business is to trial a new supply chain system in two sites ahead of broader roll-out next year.last_img read more

Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak

first_imgWith the victory the Angels are still only 9-19, needing plenty more like this one before they can realistically think about being in the playoff hunt again.For a day, though, they could at least savor something, mostly thanks to the best player in the majors doing his thing, at the plate and in center field.Trout’s 111 mph line drive that rocketed over the head of shortstop Marcus Semien in the second inning went all the way to the wall, driving in two runs. Trout, who had also gotten an RBI on a grounder in the first inning, helped the Angels to four quick runs.At that point, they certainly hoped to cruise to the much-needed victory, but nothing has come easy for this team.The A’s chipped away with single runs in the second, fourth and fifth against Canning. Andriese was the first out of the bullpen, and he contributed by retiring seven in a row to hold the lead through the seventh.With the heart of the A’s order due in the eighth, Manager Joe Maddon didn’t bother waiting to use Buttrey, who has been his preferred closer lately.Buttrey said he didn’t actually feel great, and when he got to a 3-and-2 count on Olson leading off the inning, he threw what he called “a stupid pitch.” It was a fastball low and in, just were most left-handed hitters like it, and Olson lashed it to center.“The moment it’s hit, you knew he had to time it perfectly and he could catch it,” Maddon said, adding that Trout’s dive was technically perfect. “He couldn’t have done it any better.”The catch was notable for Trout because for much of his career he hasn’t dove for as many balls as other center fielders. That’s fine with the Angels, who prefer he keeps himself healthy. Trout also has not been rated well over the years by many defensive metrics, which is partly because he plays so deep that balls fall in front of him.On this ball, though, Trout faced the game-on-the-line decision on whether he should dive. If he dove and missed it, the tying run is in scoring position with no outs, and the entire complexion of the inning changes. The safe play would be to let it fall for a single.Trout described the catch as if it were routine.“Off the bat I thought I got a good jump,” Trout said. “Obviously I can’t let that ball get behind me. I got a good read on it and made the catch.”After that, Buttrey had no more issues. He threw six pitches to Olson, and then only 13 more to retire the next five hitters in order. It was only the fifth time in Buttrey’s big league career that he’d pitched two innings and the second time he’d done so without allowing a baserunner. It was only his second two-inning save.“You’re seeing what Ty’s capable of doing,” Maddon said. “And I want to believe he’s gonna gain a lot of confidence from that. It’s a six-out save but he did it in a big way, with very few pitches.”Related Articles Trout’s diving catch may have saved the entire game by preventing what would have been a leadoff extra base hit the Angels’ 4-3 victory over the A’s in Oakland on Saturday.An ugly four-game losing streak came to an end thanks to Trout’s diving catch, along with the three RBIs he had earlier in the game to build a 4-0 lead.Rather than cruising to a victory, they had to sweat it out, with Matt Andriese and Buttrey splitting all 13 of the outs left on the table when starter Griffin Canning departed in the fifth.“It means a lot, you know when we’re struggling,” said Buttrey, who picked up the six-out save. “I mean we had really great at-bats. Timely hitting. Good pitching. That’s just the tip of the iceberg for what I feel like this team can do and everyone knows that. Hopefully we can get some momentum.” After Ty Buttrey made what he didn’t feel was a very good pitch to A’s No. 3 hitter Matt Olson with the game on the line in the eighth inning, he turned around and saw the ball shooting into center field with Mike Trout racing after it.“Well, something cool is gonna happen,” Buttrey recalled thinking. “Of course, he got it. Dove for it and saved a double.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

Bryce Harper injury update: Phillies star day-to-day after negative X-rays

first_imgKapler expressed the Phillies aren’t concerned about the 26-year-old slugger’s status and they are confident that he still will be ready for opening day. Kapler said Harper had “minimal swelling” in his right ankle Saturday and underwent a fluoro exam and X-ray testing after Friday’s game, which both came back negative.“It gave us confidence to come in this morning and know he’s feeling good and has minimal swelling and he’s cleared from an X-ray perspective,” Kapler said. “Certainly makes us feel more confident going forward.” Related News “We’re going to get him the reps that he needs to make sure that his rhythm and timing are where he needs to be,” Kapler said. “That’s going to be based on conversations that I have with Bryce and no concerns about opening day at this point.”Harper fell to the ground immediately after he was hit on his right ankle by a 96 mph fastball from Toronto right-hander Trent Thornton. He limped off the field to the clubhouse.Harper, who agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies just over two weeks ago, is coming off a season where he slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs for the Nationals. Trent Thornton, pitcher who hit Bryce Harper, gets death threats on Twitter Bryce Harper is expected to miss at least one game as he recovers from a foot injury suffered in Friday’s spring training game against the Blue Jays. Manager Gabe Kapler revealed Saturday that the newly acquired Phillies star is considered day-to-day after X-rays came back negative, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Harper will not play Saturday against Houston as a precautionary measure, though there is a chance he could return Sunday to face the Yankees.last_img read more


first_imgUlster Colleges Colmcille Cup Under 13 ½St. Eunan’s College  8-15 St. Pat’s Grammar, Knock  1-02 St. Eunan’s College are top of their group and have qualified for the quarter Finals after Easter as they won their 3rd match in a row.Played in Garvaghey the Donegal boys got off to a blistering start with 2 goals and 2 points in the 1st eight minutes by Keelan Collier and Jack Gallagher each player scoring 1 – 1.The Belfast boys found it difficult to settle and by half time St. Eunan’s led by 6-05 to 0-02 and the game was over as a contest.St. Eunan’s introduced some new players in the 2nd half and after a sluggish start they were soon back in the rhythm and won by 8-05 to  1-02. There were many great performances especially Oran Brogan in defence whose perception to read the game was excellent. Jack Gallagher roved forward with great movement and with the pace of Jack Alcorn and Seimi Breslin St. Eunan’s were always on top.Noel O’ Donnell had a splendid game at mid field and was at the forefront of setting up many opportunities for a hungry forward line. Callum Friel scored 2 – 3 and with his overall work rate and endeavour to distribute the ball earned Callum – the Michael Murphy Man of the Match award.St. Eunan’s College team:Matthew Whoriskey, Sean Collum, Oran Brogan, Cian Mc Monagle, Peadar Mc Geehin, Jack Gallagher, Conal Mc Dermott, Jack Roarty, Noel O’ Donnell, Kelan Collier, Seimi Breslin, Jack Alcorn, Conor Cassidy, Callum Friel, Emmet O’ Boyle, Conor Hughes, Sean Marsh, Ben Gallagher, Donnacha Devenney, Ronan Coady, Tobi Akinyimiki, Sean Mc Veigh, Adam Duncan, Calvin Aidoo, Shane Monaghan, Killian GribbenScorers: Callum Friel   2 – 3, Seimi Breslin 1 – 3, Jack Alcorn 1 – 3, Kelan Collier 1 – 2, Jack Gallagher   1 – 1, Noel O’ Donnell 1 – 1, Emmet O’ Boyle 1 – 1 and Donnacha Devenney 0 – 1.  GAA: ST EUNAN’S EARN SENSATIONAL RESULT IN ULSTER COLLEGES COLMCILLE CUP was last modified: March 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CollegeGAAschoolsSportSt EunansUlster Collegeslast_img read more