Ask some people what their favourite chocolate bar is and you’ll probably receive a wide range of answers. The fact remains that there’s now more to choose from than there ever has been before and our preferred choice is truly unique to us. Now, though, there’s another one to consider. Brand new Cadbury Darkmilk is coming very soon, and those with a Micro Market should be particularly excited… Read more
For those who follow us on Twitter, you may have noticed our little poll that asked our followers just how many KitKat varieties there were in Japan. It may seem a strange question, but a good one nonetheless because the answer is simply staggering. As 58% of you correctly guessed, there were indeed over 200 variations of chocolate wafer bar in production. And as this title *ever so subtly* hints at, there’s actually 350 of them…
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…
New research from XpertHR has suggested that employers are finally wising up to the importance of workplace wellbeing…which will be music to the ears of employees up and down the country. In a new article published only last week, more than half of employers (54.4%) are said to run informal employee wellbeing initiatives and the positive facts and figures don’t end there.
We’ve posted an article like this before, but there seems to be few new machines popping up now so it’s only right to share an ‘update’. It’s hard to believe that such vending machines around the world exist, especially when you primarily deal in workplace refreshments like us! But without further ado, here’s some of the best vending machines from around the world…
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.
Following on from the Krea tabletop, the Cali is another new arrival for 2019. Meticulously manufactured by Crane Merchandising Systems, the Cali is a stylish and robust hot drinks machine that benefits from Crane’s impeccable reputation for both quality and reliability.
Floor standing hot drinks machines are ideal for larger businesses with a high volume of staff to suit. Whilst your working day may be hectic, though, you want your coffee break to be anything but. The Cali joins the rest of our range in providing a premium experience that allows you to relax and unwind. Even if just for a moment.
It wouldn’t be the great British winter without a generous helping of snow and ice and it certainly hasn’t disappointed so far. And with even more forecast, getting to and from work is now a depressing chore. Such harsh conditions place even more emphasis on making your workplace a positive environment for your employees, as nobody wants to be heading out and about unless they really have to. Our hot drinks machines are perfect all year round, but extra special in the winter…
Are you STILL using the kettle?
We recently found a couple of statistics that probably answer this question better than we ever could. 75% of employees believe that having high quality coffee in the workplace proves that the employer cares about their wellbeing, whilst almost the same figure said they would recommend their office as a good place to work because of access to high quality coffee.
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