Cian Short Bakkavor #NAW2022 #BuildtheFuture

In our fifth installment of our interview tasters for National Apprenticeship week, we speak to Cian Short, Early Careers Manager (Bakkavor).

Bakkavor are one of the UKs largest food manufacturers, employing over 16,000 people across 23 locations in the UK with further sites in China and the USA. They produce ready meals, salads, pizza, bread and desserts for all of the “big four” supermarkets and beyond.

Cian has been in the food & drink manufacturing sector since he was 16 years old and has worked in various training and learning and development roles at Bakkavor for the best part of a decade. In his time as Early Careers Manager, Cian has doubled Bakkavor’s apprenticeship intake year on year and was heavily involved in the development of key Trailblazer Apprenticeships, including acting as Chair on the Food & Drink Process Operator apprenticeship standard.

Cian is a leading voice for apprenticeships and early careers in the food and drink industry and speaks with a passion that is both infectious and inspiring.

Each short released this week will be in relation to this year’s theme for National Apprenticeship Week “Build the Future”.

Still to come this week, interview extracts from Danni Leggatt (Karro) and Sally Garner-Gibbons (Chichester College). So keep your eye out for these across National Apprenticeship Week and follow the OAL LinkedIn page to see the interviews in full.