Avara Foods has taken on a record number of new starters through its Early Careers pathways this autumn, joining its apprentice, degree apprentice, graduate and placement programmes.
Avara Foods has continued to recruit young people throughout the pandemic, and has now expanding its variety of roles and entry pathways available. The company’s 2021 cohort, including graduate, apprentice, and Kickstart candidates, was the company’s largest ever intake. In September it took on 21 graduates, and 21 apprentices, including five who will achieve a fully funded degree while at Avara.
The company now has 128 apprentices progressing in the business, ranging from Level 2 through to Level 6 degree apprenticeships.
Avara’s people and communications director, Andrew Brodie, said: “Youth unemployment is a growing problem, which Covid has further exacerbated. As one the UK largest food manufacturers it’s essential that we attract and inspire young people, and we believe the best way to do this is by offering great careers in technology, engineering and food supply that give them great skills, professional development and a chance to learn from the best in the industry.”
Hereford site manager, Marcus Billig, said: “It’s been great to see our Kickstart team grow in confidence over the last few months, learning on the job and building invaluable workplace skills to benefit them in their future careers, whether that’s at Avara or elsewhere.”