Do you employ a brilliant apprentice in your food and drink manufacturing company?

Have you got an exceptional young talent among your teams?

There are more apprentices than ever in the food and drink supply chain. These are the potential industry leaders of the future. Our Apprentice of the Year will have shown exceptional progress in both their skills development and studies or have made an exceptional contribution to the business through a one-off project.

Those nominated must be undertaking their apprenticeship at the time of nomination. The nomination can be made by a line manager, HR representative or college tutor.

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Apprentice of the Year 2023

Niall Burns joined Premier Foods in 2019 as the company’s first ever packaging development apprentice, reporting into the Grocery Research & Development team.

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Apprentice of the Year 2022 - Richard Laursen, Unilever UK & Ireland

Richard is an agile, efficient and conscientious apprentice who has been active at seeking development opportunities, volunteering for tasks and learning more about the business.

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Apprentice of the Year 2022 - Caitlin Jones, Co-op

Caitlin Jones joined the Co-op technical team as a degree apprentice straight from sixth form in 2020. Despite not having met most of her wider team due to Covid, she refused to let this hinder her growth within the company.

FDF Awards: Apprentice of the Year 2021 - Cherri Chan – Unilever UK & Ireland

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Apprentice of the Year 2021 - Cherri Chan – Unilever UK & Ireland

Cherri Chan is a Packaging Developer within the Ice Cream category at Unilever and has hit the ground running since joining the Packaging Apprenticeship in 2019.

Coca-Cola European Partners

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Apprentice of the Year 2020

Since Jordan’s assessment day, his values of hard work, curiosity and perseverance have been stand-out.

Kyle Constable

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Apprentice of the Year 2019

Kyle Constable is an apprentice at OAL, helping global food manufacturers adopt OAL's patented Steam Infusion technology to optimise their cooking process.

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