Addo Food Group launches 2021 graduate employment programme

Chilled pastry producer Addo Food Group has launched its first graduate employment programme this month (March 2021) as part of its plans to attract high-quality talent into the food manufacturing industry.

The group, which has numerous sites around the UK, including Nottingham, Market Drayton, Shaftesbury and Poole, is offering a two-year programme for graduates that are interested in pursuing a career in food manufacturing, operations and commercial management.

Designed to provide a combination of real-world experience and further education, the programme is made up of four practical placements across various business departments, alongside completing a Mastership Programme. This programme features a combination of educational and workplace learning, covering modules including Strategic Operations, Marketing, Sustainability and Disruptive Innovation.

Deborah Bolton, CEO of Addo Food Group said: “At Addo, we are passionate about developing our next generation of leaders. This is integral and at the heart of not only our graduate programme but also our wider business. All the graduates that successfully join our scheme will benefit from accelerated development into leadership and management, allowing personal progression into business management roles.

“Our graduate programme provides the opportunity to understand the business, right up to the executive level, giving them exposure to all the resources we have within our industry. We want to hear from graduates who want new experiences and are especially passionate about getting involved in our sustainability and volunteering programmes.”

The graduates who take part in the programme will be provided with extensive professional development support, they will receive a member of the group’s executive team as their dedicated mentor and will also be assigned a manager for each module of work to set aims and objectives, which will support their progression.

Tom Thackray, a marketing executive at Addo Food Group who is currently on a university placement year and trialling the graduate programme, said: “I would definitely recommend taking part in the Addo graduate programme, you are encouraged to get involved in a wide range of experiences and I have been able to learn all about the elements that make up the business, including experiencing the full lifecycle of bringing a product to market, from an idea to its listing within a supermarket. Addo has really focused on me as an individual, understanding what I’m passionate about and encouraging me to progress every step of the way.”

To apply for the scheme, applicants must have graduated from university within the last two years with a minimum of a 2:1 degree, in a relevant field such as business management, marketing, or business development. The graduate scheme offers a competitive starting salary of £24,000 – £26,000 per year, with 25 days annual leave allowance, plus bank holidays.

Applications for the graduate scheme close on 30 April 2021. For more information or to apply, visit:

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