Development Apprenticeship at Bakkavor

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About Bakkavor

Bakkavor Group is a leading manufacturer of fresh prepared foods. We’re specialists in developing own label products for many of the world’s biggest grocery retailers and best-known food service operators.

We make over 5,500 different products, including ready meals, pizzas, salads, desserts, soups and sauces. Our UK customers include Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda and Morrisons. Internationally, we work with brands including Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut and Harris Teeter.

Development Apprenticeship

How would you feel if you went into a supermarket, and there on the shelf was a product that you helped develop?

Development isn't just cooking products in the kitchen - it is getting to know the detail of each raw ingredient that goes into our products, developing ideas/recipes that turn into products that consumers want to buy, and identifying where there are gaps in the market for new concepts. Development at Bakkavor is crucial to ensuring that we stay ahead of the market. Working in an office and the kitchens, this role is mainly about innovation, developing new or refreshing existing products, exploring ingredients and designing packaging.

Our Higher Apprenticeship in Food Development is an ideal opportunity if you are a young 'foodie' with an interest in all foods and how they are made. It will give you a clear understanding of the key development purpose and how it links to the manufacturing of our products. From day one you will receive the support you need to grow in your career. Apprenticeships are usually as Development Technologists working within the New Product Development (NPD) team on idea generation, recipe development, new product trials and production launches. At the end of your apprenticeship & qualification, you will be at the level of a Development Technologist, and your career aspirations may include Senior Technologist or NPD Manager to name a few

As a leading manufacturer of fresh prepared foods in the UK, 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.

Best of all, upon completing this two year apprenticeship you will be guaranteed a full-time role with Bakkavor.


  • Earn above apprentice National Minimum Wage
  • Paid time off work for personal development
  • Long term progression through the company
  • Gain a Level 5 Development Apprenticeship
  • Pension Scheme
  • Guaranteed full-time permanent role at the end of your apprenticeship

Location: Bourne - Lincolnshire

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