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Branston digs deep to boost its workforce

Branston digs deep to boost its workforce

National potato supplier Branston is launching a drive to find new recruits to join its Prepared foods factory near Lincoln as demand for its products continues to grow.

The pioneering company is holding a recruitment day at the LNER Stadium to showcase the 45 jobs that are available - ranging from production operatives and forklift drivers to quality controllers and technical administrators.

The company is offering an hourly rate of £11 for entry level positions, £250 new starter bonus, payable on completion of a 12-week probation period, and benefits including pension and bonus schemes, free parking, free bus from Lincoln city centre and breaktime drinks - as well as free potatoes.

Branston is keen to highlight the potential career progression opportunities that are available, with key members of the management team having worked their way up, including from the factory’s production lines.

Tom Wykes, managing director at Branston Prepared, said:

“We have an extremely committed and enthusiastic workforce here and enjoy seeing our people do well and progress.

“The food production industry is an important contributor to the UK’s business success, which we are proud to be a part of. We hope to find a number of new recruits to join us as we continue to invest in new technology and expanding our product range.”

Branston, the UK’s largest potato supplier employing around 800 people across its four factories nationwide, handles 350,000 tonnes of potatoes every year.

The 45 new jobs are at its Prepared foods factory just outside the village of Branston, where it has recently completed a £6m extension to enable it to produce a wider range of ready-to-cook vegetable products.

Factory operations manager Vikki Britton started her career in the food sector on a production line before working her way up to her current role.

Vikki said:

“My experience has really proved the more you put in, the more you get out when it comes to taking on a new job. Within the food industry, it’s not all about packing and mundane tasks - but it’s good to start there because you get an understanding of the whole process, which can then be applied to decision-making further along the line.

“The skills achieved here could give me or anyone else the potential to work in other industries, having a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge in your back pocket.”

Simon Telfer, the company’s HR director, said:

“These are exciting times as we continue to evolve to meet increasing demand, creating new opportunities for local people to come and be a part of our success.

“There are a range of roles available to join our talented team and we are looking for a wide range of skillsets. With our commitment to the training and development of our staff, working for Branston presents many great opportunities.”

Anyone interested in a job at Branston is invited to attend the recruitment open day at Lincoln City Football Club’s LNER stadium, in the 200 Club lounge area, on Thursday September 15 from 10am to 6pm. There is no need to book.

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