Higher Apprenticeship in Food Development

Bakkavor Group
£14,500.00 annual salary
14 Mar 2017
25 Apr 2017
Science / Research
Role Type
Start Date
Do you want to know what it feels like to see a product you helped develop sit on a supermarket shelf?

Development isn't just cooking products in the kitchen - it is about creativity, innovation, and the ability to turn your passion for food into a career. Our Higher Apprenticeship in Food Development will allow you to explore the detail of each raw ingredient that goes into our products, develop ideas and recipes that transform into products that consumers want to buy, and identify where there are gaps in the market for new concepts. Development is crucial to ensuring that Bakkavor stays ahead of the market. In this role you will be working in both an office setting as well as the kitchens as you develop new products, refresh existing products, explore ingredients and design packaging.

As a leading manufacturer of fresh prepared foods in the UK and the only fresh prepared foods company to trade on an international scale, Bakkavor is always looking for talented individuals who have a can-do attitude and want to make a difference. We encourage personal initiative and empower our people to make things happen. Our approach is informal and our culture is highly service-orientated.

This could be your opportunity to receive further qualifications without the cost of university. You will receive full support and training from day one to progress your career in Food Development. Placements are usually as Development Technologists working within the New Product Development (NPD) team on idea generation, recipe development, new product trials and production launches. Throughout the programme you will gain a qualification as a Food Technologist and will be able to explore advanced career aspirations such as Senior Technologist or NPD Manager, just to name a few. Best of all, upon completing this apprenticeship you will be guaranteed a full-time role with Bakkavor.


  • £14,500 annual salary
  • Paid time off work for personal development
  • Long term progression through the company
  • Pension Scheme
  • Guaranteed full-time permanent role at the end of your apprenticeship
Requirements and prospects Desired skills

• Strong organisational skills
• IT skills including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
• Good communication skills both verbal and written
• Keen passion for manufacturing

Personal qualities

• Positive approach
• Confident, enthusiastic and willing to learn
• Reliable and adaptable

Qualifications required

GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Maths.

Future prospects This role will provide a generous introduction to the specific area of interest and allow candidates to understand the framework of the function and future opportunities. Towards the end of the programme if there is a suitable opportunity available, at the right level, then candidates will be encouraged to apply internally for this. Their first-hand proven experience will support any application.

Things to consider The environment can be very cold (can be as low as 5°C) and when busy will entail being inside for long periods of time. The business is busy and demanding and has high expectations of its team. However, it is also a very positive place to work and the work experience gained will be invaluable for the future. • On offer you will be required to complete a health check • Working week is full-time (37.5 hours) - We are operating a rolling assessment process

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