Coca-Cola European Partners,
7 Northfield Drive, Northfield
Milton Keynes MK15 0DD
The factory at Northfield, Milton Keynes, first opened in 1976 and is the company's second largest facility in GB. The factory employs around 235 people, many of whom are from the local area. In 2014 the site proudly opened its purpose-built Education Centre to continue CCEP's commitment to its CRS agenda. The Education Centre is attached to the factory and here we host curriculum-based educational visits from schools, colleges, universities, and learning groups. In addition, we conduct CPD sessions that introduce teachers and educators to how CCEP supports schools through the Education Centre and our outreach programme.Need to know: Milton Keynes FAQS
MeetRachel Education Centre Manager
My name is Rachel Johnston and I have been the Education Centre Manager at CCE Milton Keynes since August 2014.
I have an MA Honours in Financial Economics from the University of Dundee and I am a qualified teacher of Business Studies and Economics. Prior to working at CCE, I spent three years teaching Business, Economics, and Finance at a local upper school.
I have a passion for bringing learning to life and enabling young people who visit the Milton Keynes Education Centre to make clear links between the classroom and real business. I love sharing with visitors how exciting the world of manufacturing and engineering can be!
- 07976 113134
Frequently asked questions
How do I book a visit? +
Please click the green 'Enquire about visiting Milton Keynes' button near the top of the page and complete the online form. The Education Centre Manager will then contact you within five working days to discuss your visit requirements and agree a date for your visit.
How far in advance should I book? +
We strongly recommend that you book at least 2-3 months in advance. Our Education Centres are very popular school visit destinations and so we get booked up very quickly. However, if you are looking to book with short notice please send a visit enquiry anyway as sometimes we may have a visit slot available due to a last minute cancellation.
How much does it cost to visit? +
Visits to Coca-Cola Enterprises Education Centres are completely free of charge.
When can we visit? +
During the academic term, visits take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, with session times of 10:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:30.
How long does a visit last? +
Visits last for two hours. Visit times are 10:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:30. Due to our tight timetable of visits it is not possible for visits to last any longer than this.
What does a visit consist of? +
A typical visit to the Education Centre at Milton Keynes consists of a video, a presentation, an interactive activity, a factory tour, and a Q&A session. We are keen to tailor the visit to your individual requirements so please let the Education Centre Manager know if you have any special requests.
What subjects can a visit cover? +
You can select a presentation theme from the following list: Business Overview, Marketing, Enterprise, ICT, Design & Technology, Manufacturing, or Science. You can read a summary of each presentation theme by downloading the Information Booklet from the list of key documents on the right hand side of this page. We are keen to tailor the content so that it suits your requirements so please let us know on the booking form if you have any special requests.
In addition to school, college, and university visits, we also conduct CPD sessions, which introduce teachers and educators to how CCE supports learning through our Education Centres and our outreach programme.
How many visitors can attend a visit? +
The Education Centre can accommodate a maximum of 25 students, plus a minimum of two teachers/supervising adults. We recommend that you have three teachers/supervising adults if possible.
Is there a gift shop? +
No. Our visits have a very strong educational and experiential focus, and we do not make money from visits, so it would not be appropriate to have a gift shop. There is therefore no need for the students to bring any spending money.
Is there a museum? +
No; visits take place in the purpose-built Education Centre within our factory. It's important that all visitors understand that we are not a tourist attraction or museum, but in fact a fully operational industrial site.
Do we get free drinks? +
Yes. Each visitor can have one free drink from our healthy drinks range (Minute Maid 100% juice and Abbey Well water) during their visit.
What age groups do you cater for? +
Visitors must be aged 12 or above on the day of the visit. Due to Health & Safety reasons it is not possible for anyone younger than this to enter the site.
Can primary schools visit the Education Centre? +
Unfortunately, due to H&S regulations and the potential dangers onsite, it is not possible for primary schools to visit our site.
Can you host visits for those with physical disabilities? +
Yes. We have disabled lift access up to the Education Centre, which is located on the first floor. Unfortunately the viewing platform inside the factory is not suitable for wheelchair users but instead the factory can be viewed from the Education Centre windows. Please advise the Education Centre Manager at the time of booking if anyone in your group has mobility difficulties.
Can I bring my group on public transport/on foot? +
Yes. Groups who are travelling by public transport and arriving on foot must ensure that they arrive at the site entrance in one large group. It is not possible to enter or exit the site in split groups and we cannot make any exceptions to this rule.
Can we park on site? +
There is no parking available on site for coaches or minibuses. Vehicles must park adjacent to the factory on Northfield Drive.
I want to bring two groups on one day. Is this possible? +
We can host two visits on one day, with one visit at 10:00-12:00 and the other at 13:30-15:30. It is not possible to run two visits concurrently as there is only one Education Centre in which the visits take place, and one Education Centre Manager to run the visit.
Can we drop off the afternoon group when collecting the morning group? +
No. The times for visits are intentionally set with a 90 minute break between the two. This is to allow our Education Centre Manager time to tidy up after the morning group and set up the Centre for the afternoon group. It's also time for the Manager to have an all-important comfort break and a chance to catch their breath! It is therefore not possible to run two visits without a break in between.
Can we eat in the Education Centre? +
No. Due to the site's strict H&S rules it is strictly prohibited to bring any food, drink, sweets, or chewing gum onsite.
Can we take photos? +
Photography/filming is strictly prohibited inside the factory; however we do allow teachers to photograph the students inside the Education Centre before the factory tour if wished. Please ask permission from the Education Centre Manager before commencing to take photographs.
Can you send me a copy of the visit resources? +
Unfortunately we are not able to send out the resources we use during the visit. We do not have pre- and post-visit resources but we strongly recommend you prepare your students by briefly covering the topics of your chosen presentation before your visit so that the information we provide is more meaningful.
Are there any Health & Safety issues I need to be aware of? +
Yes. Health & Safety is our number one priority on site. Detailled information regarding H&S will be included in your booking confirmation pack; you can see these before booking by downloading the 'Key Safety Standards & Behaviours' document on the right hand side of this page.
Our rules and regulations must be adhered to at all times by all visitors. Please ensure that everyone in your group is aware of our rules and regulations before visiting, as failure to comply will result in your group not being allowed on site.
Do we need to bring anything for the visit? +
Yes. On the day of your visit, you must bring one signed copy of the 'Key Standards of Safety and Behaviour' document, as well as two completed copies of the 'Names List' document. These documents will be attached to your booking confirmation email.
All visitors must be made aware of the 'Key Standards of Safety and Behaviour' before they arrive on site. For Health & Safety reasons, students' personal belongings including bags, food, drinks, sweets, chewing gum, mobile phones, money, and jewellery must be left at your educational establishment or on the coach/minibus. Teachers/group leaders are permitted to keep a school mobile phone with them if they wish but we strongly recommend that all other personal belongings are left at your educational establishment or on the coach/minibus. Students are allowed to bring a notepad and pen.
What should I do if I need to cancel a visit? +
In the event that a school needs to cancel a visit, they
may do so by providing the Education Centre Manager ("ECM") with as
much notice as possible, but with a minimum of at least 10
working days. Such notice should be submitted in writing by email
and the school should also telephone the ECM to ensure that the
cancellation is registered. Contact details for all ECMs can be
found on our website (http://www.therealexperience.co.uk/real-education-centres/).
Please click on the relevant centre location for individual ECM's contact details.
For the avoidance of doubt, please do not use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address as this is a central address used solely for administration purposes.
Should a school cancel a visit, please be advised that it could be 4-6 months before CCE can reschedule, as we have a long waiting list of schools wishing to visit our Education Centres.