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: 18 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Increasing to £22,500 in Year 2.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm, 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

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

  • 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 Food 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

The training you will be getting

  • You will attain a Level 4 Process Leader standard 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 to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • At the end of your programme, if you have successfully completed your apprenticeship and achieved the performance targets 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, and will entail being inside for long periods of time, but PPE is provided. 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. 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.




Crewe Hall Enterprise Park

Weston Road



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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Process leader

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 18 Apr 2024