Bakkavor Recruiting 200 Bread Workers

Bread sales up

The plants in Nantwich and Crewe produce a number of bread-based items, including focaccias, flatbreads, ciabattas, baguettes, and doughballs. The baguettes come in a number of varieties such as filled, topped, or pre-cooked.

The vacancies which are available will mostly be for factory operatives jobs and similar production roles, and will be permanent positions. They are using continental shift patterns, across both day and night shifts. They will be holding a number of open days at the site in Crewe, where potential applicants can come along to see what the business has to offer for them and what the working environment is like.

More than 11 million bread items are produced across the two sites each week, and there are an average of 50 different types of bread being produced at any given time. This mammoth production task requires more than 670 people who are already in food jobs at the site.

“Bakkavor Bread continues to expand and the recruitment drive announced today shows that demand for our delicious chilled breads continues to grow,” said Paul Peachey, who is the business director for Bakkavor Bread & Pizza. With the financial backing of the parent company behind them, it is easy for the bread arm of the business to take a risk on hiring extra staff with the expectation that orders will increase in line with their new production capabilities.

What to expect

Anyone who is thinking about taking on one of the open roles will be able to expect employee benefits such as subsidised shops, free parking, well-being and charity events held on a regular basis, a programme for employee recognition, and a benefits scheme which allows them to access retail discounts for high street brands.

Employees can also enjoy training opportunities under the Apprenticeship levy program such as their Food and Drink Operator training scheme. Bakkavor Bread are committed to training their employees, and have also developed a bakery qualification in partnership with Nantwich’s Reaseheath College.

The Sir William Stanier School in Crewe is another partner for the business, giving students at the school the opportunity to learn about food manufacturing roles and how the subjects they are studying can translate directly into workplace skills for this industry. They will also learn about how to develop the other workplace skills that they will need for their growth and development as an employee.

Bakkavor have obviously been enjoying good times recently. They purchased Haydens Bakery from Real Good Food a month ago, for a total of £12 million. The business has two sites in Devizes, Wiltshire. It produces sweet bakery products for a number of top grocery retailers. They alone employ 480 people, making them only a third smaller than Bakkavor’s bread operations themselves.

For the fresh prepared food product market in the UK, it is difficult to find a name that is bigger or more prevalent than Bakkavor. They also have an international presence, with work in the US and China – a potential career move for anyone who would be interesting in working abroad. They employ over 19,000 staff across their 39 locations in various aspects of the food market. They develop and produce food for a wide range of budgets and occasions, as well as making steps in innovation to create new products for consumers.

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