Bakery equipment supplier Spooner Industries has been awarded the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business award for its apprenticeship scheme. The award was presented to Spooner’s longest-serving employee Brian Stockdale, who joined the company as an apprentice in 1962 earning £2 6s 8d a week. Now aged 70, he has worked his way through the company to become a commissioning engineer.Based in West Yorkshire, Spooner currently employs 12 apprentices who joined as part of the annual intake. Successful candidates are employed on permanent contracts and undertake a ‘tour of duty’, working across all areas of the business as part of the two-year scheme.“Most of the managers at Spooner began their working life as apprentices,” said marketing manager Kate Thompson. “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.”The business provides industrial process machinery such as tunnel ovens, air flotation dryers, coolers and provers.
North Carolina natives BIG Something have finalized the lineup for their fifth annual summer festival, The BIG What? Hosted in Mebane, NC from July 21-23, this year’s lineup will boast a number of the jam scene’s most exciting musicians, including The Werks, Turkuaz, Zach Deputy, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spiritual Rez, Barefoot Manner, People’s Blues of Richmond and more. In addition, Big Something and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will link up for a special late night set dubbed “BIG Pigeons Playing Something.”3-day weekend passes, including car and RV camping, as well as new VIP options are on sale now and can be purchased here. Check out the official recap video from 2015’s BIG What? below:[Photo via The Big What?]
Premier League stars Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi headline Nigeria’s 25-man provisional squad the upcoming AFCON in June.Gernot Rohr’s men have been drawn in Group B alongside Guinea and debutants Burundi and Madasgascar.The squad includes majority of the players who represented the country at the FIFA World in Russia last year, with Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo and Kelechi Iheanacho all present.Rohr is expected to trim the squad to the final 23 two weeks before the start of the tournament .See full squad below:[email protected] 25 Man #TotalAFCON2019 Provisional list #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong pic.twitter.com/j67W8oc9pP— The NFF (@thenff) May 14, 2019