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Apprentice Boom For Food Manufacturer

Thursday August 2 2012



A WOMBWELL food manufacturer has recruited its biggest-ever intake of apprentices.

Fresh-Pak Chilled Foods, of Waterside Park, Valley Way, is the country's biggest producer of sandwich fillings and hard-boiled egg processing.

The company is taking on 14 apprentices to join the apprentice programme and complete a level two food manufacturing qualification before becoming permanent members of the company.

Five will then be fast-tracked to management and technical positions.

Andrea Barlow, HR manager of Fresh-Pak said: "We have recognised a skills gap within the industry and are now embarking on our own apprenticeship scheme which will give the right candidates the credentials to build a successful career within the industry."

Founded more than 20 years ago, Fresh-Pak opened its site in Wombwell in 2004 and now employs over 250 people.

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Reply Posted by Rod on Thursday August 2 2012 at 19:13
Great news if you're Polish or Lithuanian. No one else works there.

Reply Posted by Rob on Thursday August 2 2012 at 20:31
LOL apprentice packing Eggs, What a Career, DOH!!

Reply Posted by alistair corstorphine on Thursday August 2 2012 at 20:35
i work there and its not packing eggs lol its alot of different team working together we have a varied workforce who do lots of different job you have cookroom, eggline, egg mayo, prep and mix, transfer belt low risk retail and high risk retail and they are really good people to work for and im english :)

Reply Posted by Rob on Thursday August 2 2012 at 20:36
Soooooo, Packing eggs and mixing mayo, Great, but hey its a job at least :)

Reply Posted by alistair corstorphine on Thursday August 2 2012 at 20:42
yep indeed it is rob sure we start at 5am but thats ok as its all pennies

Reply Posted by Pete on Thursday August 2 2012 at 21:15
I've just become unemployed so at least you have a job

Reply Posted by John on Friday August 3 2012 at 08:59
Comment about polish or Lithuania workers is a bit wrong, I am sure that they do have some working there but it's down to the fact that British were a bit picky and not taking menial task jobs that European workers will take that led to them taking all the jobs (as many people say) mate of mine takes anything that comes and also learned to speak a little polish too, this has helped him get supervisory roles working in food factories and places where foreign workers prevail, so now he has gone from line working to supervising, pretty sure at some point he will go further, so for you about to start on apprenticeships, make it a task to learn some lingo too, will come in handy.

Reply Posted by Barnsley people keeping it real on Sunday August 5 2012 at 15:16
This is a scam..they are not apprentiships at all, this is cheap labour for a short period, thats it wab..you really need to do some investigative journalism instead of constantly just making public the first thing you hear...aprentiships what a joke
ask them how long these aprentices will be there...i bet none of them are there in a year..

Reply Posted by peter Booth on Wednesday August 8 2012 at 12:40
I have worked with FreshPak and they are a very professional company with strong business values and this is certainly no scam. They are even going to develop some of the young apprentices into potential team leaders. The company is growing due to its quality product and they need sme "new blood" . The apprentices will get a very thorough development programme with a nationally recognised qualification at the end of thie 15 month programme.

Reply Posted by just make your own on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 15:48
Yeeeuk. Sounds brilliant. Never buy pre-packed sarnies,never will. Apert from god knows who,s touched them and whats in them,its just bone idle. Get up early by 2 minutes and shuffle a couple of slices about.

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