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South Holland woman with a passion for food is undertaking apprenticeship with Bakkavor in Spalding

A passion for food has inspired a South Holland woman to take on an apprenticeship with a food manufacturer.

Molly Johnson (22) has been working in the food development department at Bakkavor’s Spalding site for the last three years while also studying towards a science degree at the same time.

Molly, from Holbeach, has now started work on a technical qualification, which will give her a bachelor of science degree.

Molly Johnson is an apprentice at Bakkavor (44189788)
Molly Johnson is an apprentice at Bakkavor (44189788)

Bakkavor currently has more than 200 apprentices who are achieving their potential in a wide range of careers from engineering to human resources and much more. The company is looking for 44 apprentices at its Spalding, Bourne and Boston sites.

Molly, who attended Spalding High School, said she would recommend being an apprentice to others.

She said: “I have a passion for food and I wanted to pursue it sooner rather than later so I wanted to get on the job training.

“It’s a really good route if you want to gain experience, earn money and study. I wanted to have first hand experience developing the products.”

The Spalding site produces a wide range of products including soups, sauces and dips.

Molly works within the team of people who help to create new products which eventually end up in our kitchen cupboards.

She said: “It is really rewarding to see the product on the shelf or in the fridge and knowing all the hard work which went into it.”

Learning while working fulltime can be demanding but Molly has enjoyed the work and has praised her colleagues for their support.

Molly, who has three study weeks per academic year, said: “I found it hard to start with and I have learned how to manage my time. Everyone I have worked with has been really supportive.”

Cathy Hough, the group early careers manager, said the company has been working with apprentices since 2017 and says they add a great deal.

She said: “Apprentices bring fresh thinking, enthusiasm. They also have a positive impact for the business as as we have developed people with the skills and the people we are bringing in have benefited from the programme.

“When people think of a factory, they think of a production line. We have got a career progression across the organisation. There are the operations team, engineering supplying chain and logistics.”

Go to: www.bakkavor.com/careers/early-careers/apprentices/

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