Food company set to double its number of apprentices

LEARNING: Product Development apprentice Sheryl Gamble at work.
LEARNING: Product Development apprentice Sheryl Gamble at work.
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Food manufacturer Bakkavor has announced plans to recruit more than 40 apprentices this year.

The company, which has seven sites acrosss Spalding and Bourne, is looking to take on 45 apprentices.

Pippa Greenslade, Group HR director, said: “Bakkavor‘s apprenticeship schemes are a fantastic way to give young people a taste of the food industry and gain invaluable experience.

“From day one, apprentices get real responsibility and hands-on experience in the food manufacturing sector.

“Apprenticeships make good business sense and provide a great way of supporting young talent and building much needed future skills for the food industry.

“We are delighted to be doubling our intake.”

Since launching its scheme five years ago, the business has taken on 40 apprentices.

Now the company offers 14 different types of apprenticeships, including procurement, product development, human resources, food technical, engineering and manufacturing.

Sophie Bellham, an apprentice who joined Bakkavor last year and is on the procurement scheme, said: “My apprenticeship has given me genuine responsibility from the outset and the opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into careers within the food manufacturing sector. Without this opportunity, I would never have got my foot in the door of the food industry.”