Apprenticeship Programmes

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As a Bakkavor apprentice, you’ll gain access to a wide range of careers in different areas of our business. From Manufacturing Operations, Engineering and Food Science to Business, Finance, or IT you’ll get your future off to a flying start.

 

As the UK's leading food manufacturer, we believe in investing in the future and that our Apprentices are our future.  We invest in your talent, ambition and strong work ethic by supporting you to gain a recognised qualification and earn a competitive salary for doing a real job from day one.

 

We offer both Advanced & Higher Apprenticeships.

Advanced Apprenticeships are available to anyone who has 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grades 9-4 (or A*-C if taken in 2017 or before).

Higher Apprenticeships are available to anyone who has A-Levels (or equivalent).

 

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Our awarding winning Apprenticeship Programmes are now open for applications. 

 

2022 Apprenticeships

 

Intermediate Apprenticeships

Warehouse & Logistics Elveden Level 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Operative

Warehouse & Logistics Premier Park Level 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Operative

 

Advanced Apprenticeships

Supply Chain Abbeydale Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner

Supply Chain Cumberland Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner

Supply Chain Wigan Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner

Supply Chain Crewe DC Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner

Supply Chain Tilmanstone Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner

Supply Chain Bo'ness Level 6 SCQF Food & Drink Operations

Manufacturing Bo'ness Level 6 SCQF Food & Drink Operations

Engineering Bourne Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Abbeydale Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Cumberland Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Elveden Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Highbridge Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Spalding  Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Newark Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Sutton Bridge Meals Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Sutton Bridge Salads Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Holbeach Pizza Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Barton Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Boston Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Wigan Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Aston Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Bo'ness Level 6 SCQF Engineering

Engineering Harrow Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Tilmanstone Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer 

Engineering Devizes Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Leicester Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer

Engineering Crewe Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer

Food Technology Cumberland Level 3 Food Technologist

Food Technology Spalding Level 3 Food Technologist

Food Technology Crewe Level 3 Food Technologist

Food Technology Tilmanstone Level 3 Food Technologist

Food Technology Bo'ness Level 6 SCQF Food & Drink Operations

Process Holbeach Level 3 Food Technologist

Process Boston Level 3 Food Technologist

Process Wigan Level 3 Food Technologist

Warehouse & Logistics Bo'ness Level 7 SCQF Warehouse & Storage

Facilities Wigan Level 3 Facilities Management Supervisor

Hygiene Bo'ness Level 7 SCQF Facilities Management

H&S Spalding Level 3 SHE Advisor

 

Higher Apprenticeships

Finance Spalding Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician

Finance Bourne Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician

IT Spalding TBC

Supply Chain Spalding Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Supply Chain Bourne Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Supply Chain Holbeach Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Manufacturing Cumberland Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Manufacturing Abbeydale Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Manufacturing Elveden Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Manufacturing Spalding Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Manufacturing Bourne Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Manufacturing Newark Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Manufacturing Boston Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Manufacturing Tilmanstone Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Food Technology Bourne Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Food Technology Wigan Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

Continous Improvement Cumberland Level 4 Improvement Practitioner

Continous Improvement Abbeydale Level 4 Improvement Practitioner

Continous Improvement Boston Level 4 Improvement Practitioner

Hygiene Aston Level 4 Hygiene Specialist

 

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ENGINEERING

This is for the problem solvers. You’ll receive hands on training in tasks such as preventative maintenance and repairs and help to improve work practices. Working closely with other business areas such as Manufacturing, Technical, Development, Finance & Planning, you’ll be a good communicator and work well as part of a team. This is a 4-year Advanced Apprenticeship, and you’ll complete a Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer apprenticeship standard (this could vary depending on location).
 

Food Technology

You’ll make sure the food on consumers’ plates is safe to eat. You’ll receive hands-on training in process design and food science focused on food safety legislation and quality standards. Working alongside other business areas, you’ll learn how a kitchen concept is made ‘real’ and manage the process through to see a product hit retailers’ shelves. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Food Technologist apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete either a Level 4 Quality Practitioner apprenticeship standard or a Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship standard.
 

Process (Food Technology)

You’ll make sure the food we produce is safe and high-quality. Receiving hands-on training you’ll be full of ideas and enthusiasm. Working with customers to understand their needs for a product, you’ll effectively communicate how food science and quality standards can achieve it. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Food Technologist apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 4 Quality Practitioner apprenticeship standard.
 

Product Development

Development keeps us ahead of the market. We focus on innovation, developing new products or refreshing existing ones, exploring ingredients and designing packaging. It’s about much more than just cooking products in the kitchen. You’ll get to know the detail of each raw ingredient. You’ll develop ideas and recipes that turn into must-have products and identify any gaps in the market. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Food Technologist apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete either a Level 4 Process Leader apprenticeship standard or a Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship standard.
 

ENGINEERING

 

This is for the problem solvers. You’ll receive hands on training in tasks such as preventative maintenance and repairs and help to improve work practices. Working closely with other business areas such as Manufacturing, Technical, Development, Finance & Planning, you’ll be a good communicator and work well as part of a team. This is a 4-year Advanced Apprenticeship, and you’ll complete a Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer apprenticeship standard (this could vary depending on location).
 

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

 

You’ll make sure the food on consumers’ plates is safe to eat. You’ll receive hands-on training in process design and food science focused on food safety legislation and quality standards. Working alongside other business areas, you’ll learn how a kitchen concept is made ‘real’ and manage the process through to see a product hit retailers’ shelves. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Food Technologist apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete either a Level 4 Quality Practitioner apprenticeship standard or a Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship standard.
 

Process (Food Technology)

 

You’ll make sure the food we produce is safe and high-quality. Receiving hands-on training you’ll be full of ideas and enthusiasm. Working with customers to understand their needs for a product, you’ll effectively communicate how food science and quality standards can achieve it. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Food Technologist apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 4 Quality Practitioner apprenticeship standard.
 

Product Development

 

Development keeps us ahead of the market. We focus on innovation, developing new products or refreshing existing ones, exploring ingredients and designing packaging. It’s about much more than just cooking products in the kitchen. You’ll get to know the detail of each raw ingredient. You’ll develop ideas and recipes that turn into must-have products and identify any gaps in the market. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Food Technologist apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete either a Level 4 Process Leader apprenticeship standard or a Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship standard.
 

Development chef

 

This is a dynamic role. You’ll explore and design a variety of different cuisines and product categories and receive hands-on training in ingredient research and product development. You’ll get involved in creating food samples for customers from a product concept. And learn about high-quality hygiene standards. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 2 Commis Chef apprenticeship standard or a Level 3 Senior Production Chef apprenticeship standard (depending on experience) and Higher will complete a Level 4 Senior Culinary Chef apprenticeship standard.
 

Procurement

 

At Bakkavor production never stops. And Procurement makes sure every area has the produce, materials, and resources it needs. From analysis and reporting, to negotiating and contracting, you’ll work across the business to source every ingredient in our products. From the packaging we put them in, to the IT systems our sites use and even the phones we use to talk to each other. This is a 4-year Higher Apprenticeship. You’ll complete a Level 4 Commercial Procurement and Supply apprenticeship standard and go on to complete your Level 5 & Level 6 CIPS qualifications as part of your apprenticeship.
 

Human resources

 

HR look after our most important asset. Our people. As an HR Apprentice, you’ll receive hands-on training in employee engagement, employment law, reward and much more. Working closely with every area of our business you’ll help to recruit and develop the very best people for Bakkavor. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 HR Support apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 5 HR Business Partner apprenticeship standard.
 

Finance

 

Finance underpins everything we do. As a Finance Apprentice you’ll receive hands-on training in management accounting, accounts, transactional processing, and other key areas. Working closely with all business areas, you’ll support with budgeting, project financing, governance, and overheads. This is a 2-year apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician apprenticeship standard.

IT

 

IT plays a vital role. Keeping our systems operating enables our factories to run and our colleagues to stay connected. As an IT Apprentice you’ll receive training specific to the team you’ll be working in and communicate with all areas of the business to different levels. This is a 2-year Higher apprenticeship. If you are doing Cyber Security, you’ll complete a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship standard and if you are doing Technical Systems, you’ll complete a Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship standard.
 

Manufacturing

 

A crucial role in the day-to-day production and distribution of our quality products.
A Manufacturing apprenticeship is an ideal opportunity if you are interested in the different stages involved in efficient food production. It will give you a clear understanding of the key manufacturing processes including planning, safe machinery operation and resource management. This is a 2-year Higher apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Advanced Technical Operator apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 5 Operations/Department Manager apprenticeship standard.
 

Hygiene

 

The hygiene function within Bakkavor makes sure the equipment food is manufactured on is safe for food production and the environment is safe and clean for our colleagues to work in – but it is also much, much more. You’ll learn about how a food manufacturing business operates, the science of cleaning and hygienic processes, microbiology and chemistry. This is a 2-year Higher apprenticeship and you will complete a Level 4 Hygiene Specialist apprenticeship standard.
 

Supply Chain

 

At Bakkavor, production never stops. We need to plan, manufacture, and deliver onto shelves as quickly as possible so our customers are never disappointed. Our Supply Chain apprentices play a crucial role in this, and you’ll receive hands on training in our end-to-end supply chain process. Working as part of a team, you’ll have a passion for analysis, an eye for detail and be keen to develop and innovate our supply chain model. It’s a 2 year apprenticeship and Advanced will complete a Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 4 Process Leader apprenticeship standard.
 

Continuous Improvement

Bakkavor is continually looking to unearth improved manufacturing solutions. If you possess an inquisitive mindset and enjoy making change through people, this could be the role for you. This exciting opportunity will expose you to all areas of the business where you will learn a multitude of Continuous Improvement tools and techniques including Root Cause Analysis, various methods in data analysis and an understanding of Lean methodologies. The Continuous Improvement Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to grow into a career that, in today’s competitive environment, is highly sought after.

Facilities

Effective Facilities Management is vital to the success of Bakkavor as it provides a safe and efficient working environment, which is essential to our business. Our Facilities Advanced Apprentices will carry out lots of different activities including allocating tasks to colleagues, carrying out cleaning tasks, planning staff rotas, completing and issuing Permit to Work to contractors, carrying out inspections and audits to ensure standards have been met, managing part of our chemical ordering and usage, PPE and equipment, stock control, carrying out risk assessments and actively monitoring checks in line with standards.

Warehouse & Logistics

 

At Bakkavor, we’re a non-stop operation and our Warehouse & Logistics Apprentices are involved in organising the storage and distribution of goods. Helping to plan stock rotation and movements, you’ll ensure the right products are delivered to the right location, on time, every time. This is an Intermediate apprenticeship, and you’ll complete a Level 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship standard.

SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT

People are the most important part of our business, and the safety of our people is our number one priority. You will work to help prevent workplace accidents and injuries, as well as recognise and mitigate risks to protect our employees. You'll work with all areas of the business to support the embedding of our Health, Safety & Environmental values and procedures, so good communication skills are essential. You will have a real job from day one as well as the opportunity to further your education by gaining Level 3 Safety, Health & Environmental apprenticeship standard.

Development chef

This is a dynamic role. You’ll explore and design a variety of different cuisines and product categories and receive hands-on training in ingredient research and product development. You’ll get involved in creating food samples for customers from a product concept. And learn about high-quality hygiene standards. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 2 Commis Chef apprenticeship standard or a Level 3 Senior Production Chef apprenticeship standard (depending on experience) and Higher will complete a Level 4 Senior Culinary Chef apprenticeship standard.
 

Procurement

At Bakkavor production never stops. And Procurement makes sure every area has the produce, materials, and resources it needs. From analysis and reporting, to negotiating and contracting, you’ll work across the business to source every ingredient in our products. From the packaging we put them in, to the IT systems our sites use and even the phones we use to talk to each other. This is a 4-year Higher Apprenticeship. You’ll complete a Level 4 Commercial Procurement and Supply apprenticeship standard and go on to complete your Level 5 & Level 6 CIPS qualifications as part of your apprenticeship.
 

Human resources

HR look after our most important asset. Our people. As an HR Apprentice, you’ll receive hands-on training in employee engagement, employment law, reward and much more. Working closely with every area of our business you’ll help to recruit and develop the very best people for Bakkavor. This is a 2-year Apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 HR Support apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 5 HR Business Partner apprenticeship standard.
 

Finance

Finance underpins everything we do. As a Finance Apprentice you’ll receive hands-on training in management accounting, accounts, transactional processing, and other key areas. Working closely with all business areas, you’ll support with budgeting, project financing, governance, and overheads. This is a 2-year apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician apprenticeship standard.

IT

IT plays a vital role. Keeping our systems operating enables our factories to run and our colleagues to stay connected. As an IT Apprentice you’ll receive training specific to the team you’ll be working in and communicate with all areas of the business to different levels. This is a 2-year Higher apprenticeship. If you are doing Cyber Security, you’ll complete a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship standard and if you are doing Technical Systems, you’ll complete a Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship standard.
 

Manufacturing

A crucial role in the day-to-day production and distribution of our quality products.
A Manufacturing apprenticeship is an ideal opportunity if you are interested in the different stages involved in efficient food production. It will give you a clear understanding of the key manufacturing processes including planning, safe machinery operation and resource management. This is a 2-year Higher apprenticeship. Advanced will complete a Level 3 Advanced Technical Operator apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 5 Operations/Department Manager apprenticeship standard.
 

Hygiene

The hygiene function within Bakkavor makes sure the equipment food is manufactured on is safe for food production and the environment is safe and clean for our colleagues to work in – but it is also much, much more. You’ll learn about how a food manufacturing business operates, the science of cleaning and hygienic processes, microbiology and chemistry. This is a 2-year Higher apprenticeship and you will complete a Level 4 Hygiene Specialist apprenticeship standard.
 

Supply Chain

At Bakkavor, production never stops. We need to plan, manufacture, and deliver onto shelves as quickly as possible so our customers are never disappointed. Our Supply Chain apprentices play a crucial role in this, and you’ll receive hands on training in our end-to-end supply chain process. Working as part of a team, you’ll have a passion for analysis, an eye for detail and be keen to develop and innovate our supply chain model. It’s a 2 year apprenticeship and Advanced will complete a Level 3 Supply Chain Practitioner apprenticeship standard and Higher will complete a Level 4 Process Leader apprenticeship standard.
 

Continuous Improvement

Bakkavor is continually looking to unearth improved manufacturing solutions. If you possess an inquisitive mindset and enjoy making change through people, this could be the role for you. This exciting opportunity will expose you to all areas of the business where you will learn a multitude of Continuous Improvement tools and techniques including Root Cause Analysis, various methods in data analysis and an understanding of Lean methodologies. The Continuous Improvement Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to grow into a career that, in today’s competitive environment, is highly sought after.

Facilities

Effective Facilities Management is vital to the success of Bakkavor as it provides a safe and efficient working environment, which is essential to our business. Our Facilities Advanced Apprentices will carry out lots of different activities including allocating tasks to colleagues, carrying out cleaning tasks, planning staff rotas, completing and issuing Permit to Work to contractors, carrying out inspections and audits to ensure standards have been met, managing part of our chemical ordering and usage, PPE and equipment, stock control, carrying out risk assessments and actively monitoring checks in line with standards.

Warehouse & Logistics

At Bakkavor, we’re a non-stop operation and our Warehouse & Logistics Apprentices are involved in organising the storage and distribution of goods. Helping to plan stock rotation and movements, you’ll ensure the right products are delivered to the right location, on time, every time. This is an Intermediate apprenticeship, and you’ll complete a Level 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship standard.

SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIROMENT

People are the most important part of our business, and the safety of our people is our number one priority. You will work to help prevent workplace accidents and injuries, as well as recognise and mitigate risks to protect our employees. You'll work with all areas of the business to support the embedding of our Health, Safety & Environmental values and procedures, so good communication skills are essential. You will have a real job from day one as well as the opportunity to further your education by gaining Level 3 Safety, Health & Environmental apprenticeship standard.

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What apprenticeships do you have available?

We offer three levels of Apprenticeships – Intermediate, Advanced and Higher.

 

What is the difference between the Intermediate Advanced and Higher?

Intermediate apprentices do a Level 2 apprenticeship standard. Advanced apprentices do a Level 3 apprenticeship standard, and both need 5 GCSEs at 9 – 4 (A* - C) including English and Maths to apply. Higher apprentices do a Level 4 or Level 5 qualification. You need to have A-Levels (or equivalent) to apply as well as an A-C or 9-5 in Maths and English at GCSE.

 

How much do apprentices get paid?

Our Advanced programme starts on £16,000 rising to £18,000 in year 2

Our Higher programme starts on £17,500 and rises to £19,500 in year 2. Engineering and Procurement get further increase in Year 3 & Year 4.

 

Which college will I attend? Will I get a choice?

We have partnerships with several universities, colleges, and training providers around the country. It depends on which programme you’re doing at which site.

We select the most suitable provider for you.

 

Will I get moved around different sites during my apprenticeship?

Only if you are a Procurement Apprentice as that programme involves placements. All our other apprenticeships are based at one site. You can apply to move to other sites once you have completed your apprenticeship.

 

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of my apprenticeship?

If you successfully complete your qualification and are performing well in your role then you’re guaranteed a permanent role with us.

 

Will I get a qualification as part of my apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship itself is a qualification.

Some have additional qualifications such as CIPD, CIMA, AAT or HEC’s.

 

What qualifications will I need to do an apprenticeship?

Our standard is 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths & English, with any Science as well if you are applying for our technical apprenticeship.

Then 3 A-D A levels for Higher apprentices.

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