Bridge Cheese offering tasty job choice for apprentices

A business supplying cheese and dairy products to the food manufacturing and service sectors is urging young people to consider the food industry as their next big career move as it looks to take on 140,000 people by 2024.

Emily Rowles, technical coordinator at Bridge Cheese which is after an apprentice
Emily Rowles, technical coordinator at Bridge Cheese which is after an apprentice

Bridge Cheese, which is based at Stafford Park in Telford, is enjoying a period of rapid expansion and managing director Michael Harte believes the UK’s food industry offers a stable yet exciting career prospect for those looking to take the next step on the career ladder.

“The food industry is very dynamic. Our product offer is constantly changing as food trends vary over time, and we develop bespoke dairy products for our customers too,” Mr Harte said.

“Of course, there are challenges. As a sector we need to find ways to be more sustainable, more energy efficient and to reduce food waste.

"These challenges provide an opportunity for us to change our approach and think outside the box, which is incredibly exciting.”

Bridge Cheese is currently working with Ladder for Shropshire to recruit a level three food technologist apprentice, who will become a key member of its technical department ensuring that the company’s cheese and dairy products meet the high-quality standards expected by its customers.

The training will be delivered by Reaseheath College.

“We are enjoying a period of rapid growth and are very keen to build up our team with good people who are passionate about food, keen to develop the skills and experience we need to expand our operations and who want to grow with us, moving up the ladder as opportunities become available.

“Apprentices are an important part of meeting our demand for great people,” Mr Harte added.

To apply for the food technologist apprenticeship, visit findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-598690. To register your interest for future vacancies or trainee positions, email Julie Ward at JWard@bridgecheese.com.

If an employer is keen on recruiting an apprentice, email Amanda Carpenter at amanda@ladderforshropshire.org. Alternatively, for more details visit www.ladderforshropshire.org/home

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