Food firm searches for new stars with scheme

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Spalding food manufacturing giant Bakkavor Group is on the lookout for the next generation of star workers keen to make their mark with the firm.

Careers in administration, engineering, manufacturing and process development are all being by Bakkavor through its Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme which has now been launched.

School leavers, jobseekers and people looking for a career change are being targeted by the firm which is operating the scheme throughout its divisions, Bakkavor Spalding, Bakkavor Pizza, Wingland Foods and Fresh Meal Solutions.

Pippa Greenslade, Bakkavor Group’s human resources director, said: “The food and grocery industry is at the forefront of global news as people take a greater interest in the food they consume and its origin.

“Creating opportunities for young people within the communities we work in is particularly important to us and Bakkavor’s apprenticeships offer an introduction to a world class industry.

“It also provided a great career for anyone who has the enthusiasm and drive to make the most of the opportunities we have available.”

Bakkavor Group was among more than 30 employers to attend a Jobs Opportunity Fair in Spalding last month organised by South Holland District Council and Jobcentre Plus.

About 450 people looking for careers advice attended the event and the food firm is keen to hear from those looking for hands-on experience in the food manufacturing industry.

A Bakkavor Group spokeswoman said: “Bakkavor was delighted to participate in the Jobs Opportunity Fair because, as a long-established employer in the area, the company realises the value of sourcing talent in the Spalding area and places great emphasis on recruiting locally.”

Successful applicants will start their two-year apprenticeship in September which includes vocational training at the University of Lincoln’s campus in Holbeach.

Trainees work towards their Level Three Diploma in Food Industry Skills while paid by Bakkavor and for more details, log onto www.bakkavor.com/careers/graduates-and apprentices