Coinadrink Limited is set to attend the Black Country Chamber Spring Exhibition as part of the Black Country Business Festival, the region’s largest business event! From 9am until 1pm on Wednesday 22nd May at the GTG Training Academy and Conference Centre in Wednesfield, we will be showcasing our vending services to attendees on Stand 6. Of course, we will also be offering premium hot drinks from one of our tabletop coffee machines. So, will we see you there?
One of the UK’s greatest initiatives was the apprenticeship. In a lot of cases they were indentured and for a five-year period. It was widely used to train people to acquire a wide range of practical skills.
It enabled the UK to have a well trained and qualified work force. It was the envy of the world. So, what went wrong? For some reason in the 1970s they became less popular as most large companies believed they had enough people and the cost of employing apprentices was something they could do without. Historically apprentices had been paid the equivalent of today’s £3.75 per hour.
In recent times the education system has been geared towards 50% of young people going to University. The tuition fees have been ramped up and if you add in accommodation and living costs most students leave with a debt of £50,000. Research shows that many of these graduates will struggle to find work. They would have been better off with an apprenticeship. Paid work with a structured education programme, thus giving them lifetime skills.
There seems to be disconnect between the funding of the education system which rewards schools colleges who send students on to university as opposed to an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship levy has not helped either.
There is one local initiative with a website called nextgenmakers.co.uk. Its aim is to make employers large and small aware of the benefits of apprenticeships and has formal arrangements with local colleges.
It deserves to succeed because they are acting to put the 1,000 + young people who will finish college in May into apprenticeships. Now most of these youngsters have no job to go to. What a waste. Look at their web site and see if you could take one of these youngsters on to the long term benefit to your business.
I must declare an interest as I was an apprentice from 1956 to 1961.
We’ve recently seen lots of renovation work carried out here at Coinadrink and for very good reason. The work on our exciting new showroom is getting closer to completion with each passing day and it’s great to see its continuing development. What’s more, we’ve now been able to view a thrilling mock-up of the end result…
Remember when we announced before Christmas that ‘My Coinadrink’ was in development? We’re now excited to say that some aspects of the portal are now on trial, and customers have the option as to whether they want to take part in its progress and contribute to its growing evolution.
We know Valentine’s Day is usually reserved just for your partner, but why not go the extra mile this year and present your workforce with something special? There’s still time for you to get the perfect present and we’re here to help with a wide range of equipment both through Coinadrink and the Refreshment Shop, one of our divisions. Say goodbye to the kettle once and for all. The taste of the coffee shop is here.
We noticed last week that the Tomorrow’s FM Awards are back underway and the line of finalists have been selected. It got us thinking about when we were nominated as finalists back in 2018, a very prestigious nomination indeed. Coinadrink is proud to deliver cutting edge vending products and services to the Facilities Management industry and whilst we chose not to enter this year, we’re always willing to show our support to everything that’s great about the industry.
You may have noticed last week that we shared an article implying your workplace may not be doing enough to appease your staff. We wanted to provide an in-depth analysis of the problem and the ways in which you can improve the situation. Your business is more than just a place to work, it’s an environment that impacts a person’s mental and physical health. Put simply, workplace refreshments can help considerably.
And just like that, 2018 is almost over. In similar fashion to 2017, 16 and all those before, another year has whizzed by in the blink of an eye. This year has seen new vending machine additions, charitable updates and special days and between each and everyone, 2018 has been a fantastic year for both the company and the vending industry. One that we can all be proud of.
Look out, we’ve just been highly commended by The Vendies for our two recent competition entries: ‘Best Regional Operator’ and ‘Best Operator Website’! The Vendies awards are recognition of the hard work and dedication of all the vending companies in the industry, so it’s pleasing to have been given strong recognition. How about that for a bit of ‘Friday Feeling’?
Part of my role here at Coinadrink is manning our social media platforms and last week I noticed something that really caught my attention. One of our followers tweeted that this week was National Customer Service Week, an element of our business that we really believe sets us apart from the competition. Of course, then, I just had to get us on board with the trend. 99% of our customers say that they would recommend us, which says it all…
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