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Warburtons Family Bakers


Where can it lead you?

Their journey so far...

Apprenticeships offer practical training and the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications. Hands-on workplace experience can give trainees a distinct advantage. What's more, further skills enhancement is available through the associated training programmes we offer.

Apprentices also benefit from better long-term salary prospects. Research shows that on average, individuals who serve an Advanced Apprenticeship earn approximately ??117,000 more than those without, over the course of a career*.

Here you can read about some of the experiences of colleagues who've successfully passed through our Apprenticeship Scheme.

*Source: Apprentice Pay Survey 2011.
  • Sean

    How long have you been with Warburtons?

    8 years 3 months.

    What did you do before Warburtons?

    I studied at college to gain a BTEC diploma in 3D Design, this led me to start training as a mechanic at Vauxhall on a part-time basis whilst at college.

    Describe your apprenticeship

    Each day presented new challenges to develop my abilities, both on a professional and personal level. I always felt supported and driven to succeed.

    What have you learned during your apprenticeship?

    I was heavily involved in the PLC side of engineering, learning how to interrogate programs, fault find and write new programs myself.

    Why did you choose Warburtons?

    Taking a route into an engineering job was ideal for me, especially when it was with such a big company as Warburtons.

    What's your current role and responsibilities?

    My tasks include completing planned maintenance that are generated from the SAP PM system, attending breakdowns, creating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to aid engineering tasks and viewing SAP to create relevant reports.

  • Adam

    How long have you been with Warburtons?

    It's just coming up to five and a half years.

    Why this company?

    Warburton name is highly respected in food manufacturing. It has a national profile and as far back as I can remember there's always been a Warburtons bakery product on the shelves of UK supermarkets and food stores.

    Describe your apprenticeship

    It was a four-and-a-half year scheme. In my first 6 months I worked at the bakery while also receiving training in skills such as turning, milling, electrical maintenance, pneumatics and hydraulics. I've since completed NVQ Levels 2 and 3.

    What training did you receive during your apprenticeship?

    My training covered all the key areas of production line operation.

    What is your current role at Warburtons?

    My job title is Maintenance Shift Engineer. Basically I'm responsible for ensuring our production lines are running smoothly, as well as maintaining the all-important bakery plant.

    What is your biggest achievement here?

    Without doubt - completing my apprenticeship and becoming a qualified shift engineer. I'm proud of that!