Avara Foods has welcomed a record number of new starters through its Early Careers pathways this autumn, joining their well-established apprentice, degree apprentice, graduate and placement programmes, alongside fresh new opportunities on the Kickstart scheme.

They now have 128 apprentices progressing in the business, ranging from Level 2 through to Level 6 Degree Apprenticeships and have expanded their range of graduate programmes with new functional pathways to support progression in key areas like technical, logistics, finance and information systems.

Avara’s people and communications director, Andrew Brodie, commented: “Youth unemployment is a growing problem, which Covid has further exacerbated.

As part of our For Good approach to early careers opportunities we are committed to providing long term, fulfilling careers in the food industry, bringing young talented people into our business and helping them build exciting careers for the future.

"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.”

Avara apprentice Rebecca Hinton said: “After finishing my A levels I thought about university as a next step, but this apprenticeship offered me the chance gain a degree without racking up debt.

I’m still earning and, importantly, I can develop my knowledge and skills on the job as I progress.

"I’m over half-way through the programme now and looking forward to gaining my qualification and taking my next steps with Avara”.