Manufacturing Higher Apprenticeship BAKKAVOR GROUP PLC

Our Higher Apprenticeship in Manufacturing 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 apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 10 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Increasing to £19,500 in Year 2.

  • Working week

    You will initially work Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm, however in future there will be an element of shift working. Days and shifts are to be confirmed but may require an element of evening and weekend working depending on which team you join.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    11 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will play a crucial role in the day to day production and distribution of our quality products.

  • You will gain a clear understanding of the key manufacturing processes including planning, safe machinery operation and resource and people management.
  • You will forge close links with other functions within the business such as Technical, Development, Finance and Human Resources so you will require good communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • You will learn how to set up and manage projects using relevant tools and techniques and understand process management.
  • You will gain an understanding of business development tools (eg SWOT) and approaches to continuous improvement.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • You will attain a process leader level 4 qualification.
  • Full support and training will be provided to help you progress quickly. Depending on the site, the scheme may offer placements within a factory based role with responsibility for a team, running production lines, quality and output costs.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • At the end of your programme, if you have successfully completed your apprenticeship and achieved the performance targets the we have set for you, you are guaranteed a permanent role with us.
  • Future career aspirations could be Team Leader, Section Manager, Factory Manager or Operations Manager to name a few.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A* - C or 9 - 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A* - C or 9 - 4) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any subjects (Grade A - C) Desired

Things to consider

The work environment can be cold and noisy (for which PPE will be provided) and will entail being inside for long periods of time. However, it is also a very positive place to work and the experience gained will be invaluable for the future and will give you your ‘first steps’ into manufacturing.

About the employer

We're the biggest name you've never heard of! You've probably eaten our food- you just didn't realise it. Because as global leaders in the fresh prepared food industry, we create innovative products, including meals, soups, dips, salads, desserts, pizzas and bread for customers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose in the UK. We're ambitious. We're full of ideas and we're ready for more people who share our passion for quality food to join us. Bakkavor is the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. We are number one in the UK in the four product categories of meals, salads, desserts, and pizza & bread, providing high-quality, fresh, healthy, and convenient food. We have over 19,000 employees, our headquarters are in London and we have 23 factories in the UK, 5 in the US and 9 in China.




Bakkavor Meals Wigan

Dobson Parkway, Manchester Road




Donna Finney

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Operations or departmental manager

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 10 Jun 2023