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Bakkavor Group, the leading international provider of fresh prepared foods, is set to recruit up to 40 new apprentices in 2017 as it aims to further develop the skills of enthusiastic individuals who want to embark on a new career in the food manufacturing industry.
Its Apprentice Scheme has vacancies which are nationwide and span across a variety of functional roles including Engineering, Manufacturing, Development and HR. Successful applicants will experience real responsibility from day one, contributing to key business activities and projects, whilst at the same time studying towards a relevant, nationally recognised qualification.
Through its Apprenticeship Scheme Bakkavor also focuses on the development of life skills by encouraging apprentices to get involved with local community projects and charity initiatives. In 2016 for example, its new apprentices were given an unconventional induction at the Exotic Pet Refuge in Peterborough where they worked together with the refuge staff to build a new owl aviary and wolf enclosure from start to finish.
Sophie Bellham, Procurement Apprentice, said: “As an apprentice at Bakkavor, I’ve gained real hands-on experience alongside some of the most knowledgeable people in the food manufacturing sector, whilst also studying towards a qualification – the best of both worlds.
Bakkavor is very supportive with my career development within this fascinating industry and my confidence has blossomed over the last 18 months. The team I work with is always encouraging and if you want to go into the food manufacturing sector, there really is no better place.”
Pippa Greenslade, HR Director at Bakkavor Group, said: “We are extremely proud of our apprenticeship programme here at Bakkavor, one that has continued to grow since its successful launch five years ago. Apprenticeships are a great way to give young people the chance to gain real world experience and responsibility within a range of environments and we are committed to playing an active role in nurturing young talent in the food industry.”
Paul Doody, Global Marketing Director at Domino Printing Sciences, has passed away.
Paul took up the role of Global Marketing Director with Domino in January 2016, drawing on his extensive experience to define and drive effective marketing campaigns. He passed away on 11th January, 2017.
Paul had a varied and distinguished career that saw him manage European projects at Unilever and take on global marketing responsibilities at Linx Printing Technologies. He brought a wealth of experience to his role at Domino, along with a healthy dose of enthusiasm and creative flair. Paul played a key role in the launch of the Ax-Series, Domino’s ground-breaking new range of CIJ printers, which debuted at PackExpo on the 1st November, 2016.
David Bywater, Group Product Director at Domino Printing Sciences says: “Although only with Domino for a year, Paul made a huge impact on our business both at a personal and a professional level. We will all miss him as a friend, a colleague and a true marketing professional.”
A memorial service was held in Paul’s honour in Cambridge, on 25th January, 2017.
Starting 2017 at a gallop, leading European packaging specialist KM Packaging Services Ltd has boosted its technical and customer service departments with a newly hired trio of skilled staff.
Joining the KM team as Technical Manager, Agnieszka Knap brings nearly ten years’ experience in the packaging industry, fulfilling a wide remit in quality and technical roles. With an in-depth knowledge of converting and testing material properties, Agnieszka is a qualified external auditor with the remit to provide technical support for KM’s product trials and development in both UK and overseas markets.
Natalya Ricketts enhances a highly experienced Customer Service Team with over 50 years of service delivery among them and, in addition to boosting the marketing function, will also respond to customer enquiries from around the globe and ensure their requirements are met. In addition, Emily Perry joins the KM Finance Department as Business Support Assistant with responsibility for the purchase ledger and company expenses, as well as fulfilling trial despatches to customers.
KM Packaging’s Commercial Director Graham Holding commented: “KM Packaging is continuing its expansion in both domestic and international markets, and we’re committed to providing excellent technical and customer service to our customers across the globe. All three new team members complement the company’s reputation for skills and innovation, supporting our target of extending shelf life, preventing food leakage or spoilage, and helping our customers to improve their offering to the consumer.”
Leading the market in application knowledge and technical expertise, KM includes barrier shrink films, high performance antifog films and resealable film lidding – amongst other products - within its extensive ranges. Operating globally in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia, KM’s lidding solutions enable customers across the world to most effectively present, protect and preserve all kinds of chilled, frozen and convenience foods. Of course, KM’s films meet FDA and CFIA requirements for use in food packaging solutions, sealing to CPET, APET, PP, Foil, Board and thermoform applications.