MOST people would struggle to find an obvious link between coal mining and asparagus growing.
However, Asparagus Green, the independent catering firm is poised for expansion after winning a contract with the National Coal Mining Museum to provide meals for families at a reasonable price.
Asparagus Green’s Anthony Hegney has now taken on Brydie Binns as an apprentice with help from the organisers of the Manufactured Yorkshire conference (MY15)and Kirklees College.
The first six months of Ms Binn’s placement will be funded by MY15 after Mr Hegney won a prize draw at the MY15 event at the John Smiths stadium in Huddersfield in June this year.
Chrissie Slater, the MY15 event director, said: “Brydie’s role will be really wide – from working in the office to pulling events together to helping Anthony develop the conference and events side of the museum’s catering operation.
“As well as funding her first six months placement, the events team behind Manufactured Yorkshire have pledged mentoring support to Brydie to help her on the conferences and events planning.
“Every business, large or small, has a responsibility to give our young people a leg-up.
“This is one of the legacies of Manufactured Yorkshire.”
Mr Hegney, who has worked in the catering industry for 25 years, said: “The future for Asparagus Green is to maintain the contract at the museum, while focusing on growing the outside catering business.
“Brydie has been looking for an apprenticeship and this is a great opportunity for her to grow with Asparagus Green and learn a great deal along the way.”
June Durrant, Kirklees College deputy principal, said: “Apprenticeships are such a valuable asset to a business and the local economy.”