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Bakkavor to double number of apprentices

14 March 2016

Fresh foods giant Bakkavor will take on 45 apprentices this year, amid an industry-wide skills shortage.

The company said it was doubling the number of its apprentices and is still looking for more candidates. 

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

“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.”

The company runs two apprentice schemes – the Advanced Apprenticeship scheme, which is a one year course for school leavers with GCSE’s; and the Higher Apprentice Scheme which is aimed at those with A-Levels. 

The Higher Apprentice is the equivalent to a foundation degree with the opportunity to convert to a full degree at the end of the apprenticeship. The company said it was looking for candidates to fill both schemes.

Sophie Bellham, an apprentice who joined Bakkavor in 2015, said: “My apprenticeship at Bakkavor 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 known all the different types of roles available or have got my foot in the door of the food industry. It’s the perfect platform for beginning my career.” 

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