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Dessert-maker Bakkavor, Jessop Way, Newark, given green light to start hiring extra staff in run-up to Christmas

Dessert-maker Bakkavor, which had been at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak, has been given the green light to start hiring extra staff in the run-up to Christmas.

A total of 250 positions are available at the factory on Newark Industrial Estate.

The run-up to Christmas is traditionally a peak period of food manufacturing and the retail sector.

Bakkavor logo. Credit: bakkavor.com (33274256)
Bakkavor logo. Credit: bakkavor.com (33274256)

Bakkavor said its announcement of 250 local jobs also demonstrated the company’s commitment to supporting the local economy at a critical time.

Shona Taylor, business director ­— desserts, said: “Since the outbreak of covid-19, we have adapted to unprecedented times and helped maintain essential food supply at a critical time for the country and the economy.

“We have raised our already high hygiene and safety standards to support colleagues in the workplace, the quality and breadth of which have been acknowledged by Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council.

“As we gear up for a busy Christmas period, we are delighted to be creating significant employment opportunities at a very challenging time for the local economy ­— and for people who have lost jobs in our community this year, we hope our new recruitment drive can help people to rebuild their lives and their careers before Christmas.”

Bakkavor Newark. (41229400)
Bakkavor Newark. (41229400)

With job scarcity on the rise in the Nottinghamshire area, Bakkavor Desserts has permanent vacancies for a wide range of roles, including despatch staff, hygiene operatives, factory operatives and forklift truck drivers.

Bakkavor is offering new joiners a range of staff benefits, including free hot drinks on site and discounted food prices at the shop for members of staff.

As part of their long-term commitment to help their staff, any person joining the Bakkavor team will be entitled to good pay rates, a stakeholder pension and life insurance cover.

All applicants will need to have a basic understanding of English literacy and numeracy (ESOL 2).

Previous experience working in this kind of setting is preferable but not essential.

Successful candidates will be team players, self-motivated and flexible ­— as well as being committed to maintaining Bakkavor’s quality and hygiene standards.

To apply for a role, go to the Bakkavor website at www.bakkavor.com/careers/job-search or call 0345 266 1843.

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