‘Award vindicates distillery founder’s business ethos’

Wednesday 20th July 2022 7:01 am
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Sally Sellwood from In the Welsh Wind receives the Small Employer of the Year award from Arwyn Watkins, managing director of Cambrian Training Company (©Phil Blagg Photography )

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A multi-award-winning mid Wales distillery has added another accolade to its collection after being recognised for its commitment to apprenticeships.

In the Welsh Wind at Tanygroes, near Cardigan, was named the Small Employer of the Year at the annual Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Awards organised by Cambrian Training Company, one of Wales’ top training providers.

The company completed a double at the awards as lead distiller Ffion Lewis, 22, was named Foundation Apprentice of the Year.

The company employs four apprentices in its workforce which has grown rapidly to 19 since September 2020.

This expansion would have been impossible without the support of the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship Programme, says the company.

Apprentices are credited with injecting energy and enthusiasm into In the Welsh Wind, where Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships in Brewing, Hospitality Supervision and Leadership and Digital Marketing are delivered by Cambrian Training Company.

In the Welsh Wind also recently won the Covid-19 Resilience award at the inaugural Wales Food and Drink Awards.

The company produces award-winning gin and is now pioneering the first fully Welsh whisky using barley grown in the fields of south Ceredigion and north Pembrokeshire, entirely processed and matured at the distillery site in west Wales.

After receiving the award, Sally Sellwood, In the Welsh Wind’s human resources and content manager, said: “We are delighted to have won the award. When with started the apprenticeship programme, we were not really sure what it would be like but it has turned out to be hugely valuable to the business.

“Our apprentices are fantastic. They bring their experience, however diverse that may be, and contribute significantly to our business grow . It has totally validated our trust in the programme and we appreciate the support from the Welsh Government which allows employers like us to grow.

“Creating jobs to retain people in this part of Wales has been fundamental to the business ethos of our founder Ellen Wakelam. The award vindicates that approach.”­

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