Bakkavor continues strong apprenticeship drive

06 Mar 2017

Bakkavor Group, the leading international provider of fresh prepared foods, is set to recruit up to 40 new apprentices in 2017 as it aims to further develop the skills of enthusiastic individuals who want to embark on a new career in the food manufacturing industry.

Its Apprentice Scheme has vacancies which are nationwide and span across a variety of functional roles including Engineering, Manufacturing, Development and HR. Successful applicants will experience real responsibility from day one, contributing to key business activities and projects, whilst at the same time studying towards a relevant, nationally recognised qualification.

Through its Apprenticeship Scheme Bakkavor also focuses on the development of life skills by encouraging apprentices to get involved with local community projects and charity initiatives. In 2016 for example, its new apprentices were given an unconventional induction at the Exotic Pet Refuge in Peterborough where they worked together with the refuge staff to build a new owl aviary and wolf enclosure from start to finish.

Sophie Bellham, Procurement Apprentice, said: “As an apprentice at Bakkavor, I’ve gained real hands-on experience alongside some of the most knowledgeable people in the food manufacturing sector, whilst also studying towards a qualification – the best of both worlds.

Bakkavor is very supportive with my career development within this fascinating industry and my confidence has blossomed over the last 18 months. The team I work with is always encouraging and if you want to go into the food manufacturing sector, there really is no better place.”

Pippa Greenslade, HR Director at Bakkavor Group, said: “We are extremely proud of our apprenticeship programme here at Bakkavor, one that has continued to grow since its successful launch five years ago. Apprenticeships are a great way to give young people the chance to gain real world experience and responsibility within a range of environments and we are committed to playing an active role in nurturing young talent in the food industry.”

For more information on the apprenticeships please visit the website.

Notes to Editor: Bakkavor runs two apprentice schemes which are designed to combine employment, work-based training and off-the job-learning:

  • The Advanced Apprenticeship scheme runs for one year and is aimed at school leavers, typically those who have completed GCSE’s and those starting in a new career.
  • The Higher Apprentice Scheme runs for two years and is aimed at those who have typically gained A-Level qualifications and are hoping to fast-track their career. As an exception, Engineering is a four-year scheme.

Since 2012, nearly 90 young people have started their careers at Bakkavor via the Apprenticeship scheme.


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Bakkavor at a Glance

Bakkavor is the leading international provider of fresh prepared foods, employing over 18,000 people globally and producing over 5,000 products in 18 different categories.

In the UK, we are the number one producer by value in 12 of the 16 categories of chilled food we supply to the market. Products include ready meals, pizzas, salads, desserts, soups and sauces.

Our customers include some of the UK’s best known grocery retailers including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda and The Co-op, who sell our products to consumers under their respective retailer brands.

We also have operations in the US and Asia supplying fresh prepared food products to both retail and foodservice customers.