National Apprenticeship Week takes place annually as a celebration of all apprenticeships within the UK. This year, running from February 7th – 13th, it is estimated that over 1,200 virtual and in-person events will take place across England to showcase the impact of apprenticeships.

Bakkavor manage a well-established and successful apprenticeship programme, offering routes for participants, into multiple business areas and giving talented, ambitious, and hardworking people, hands-on experience, whilst gaining a professional qualification.

“As a leading food manufacturer, investing in our future at Bakkavor, is crucial to our success, whilst offering opportunities for our people to get their careers off to the best start.” Cathy Hough, Group Early Careers Manager, Bakkavor.

During National Apprenticeship Week, Bakkavor shall host two virtual training sessions, delivered by Fieri, with a focus on communication; encouraging participants to learn new methods, which they can use within practical, work situations.

Side by side with colleagues, Bakkavor participants shall enjoy an engaging, virtual room environment where they shall face challenging situations and use their skills of influence, persuasion, negotiation, and communication to solve problems and achieve the best results.

Guided through the process by expert programme delivery professionals who each have practical experience of dealing with difficult conversations, whether that be in Afghanistan at a multi-agency level to talking someone out of a hostage situation in the UK. Each team member shall take away practical techniques, designed to achieve good outcomes in communication, which they can employ in their everyday lives.

The Fieri team delivering the virtual programme to two groups of around 20 apprentices use their life experiences and extensive training to inspire transformation in participants and prepare them for life and working in challenging environments.

Harrie Ellaway, with world-record achievements under his belt, has a passion for challenges and inspiring others with a focus on Early Talent programmes for apprentices and graduates. Highly experienced, Harrie uses his drive and knowledge within corporate learning and development programme delivery, to teach apprentices, at all levels.

Billie Devenish is an ex British Army officer, with experience in leading teams operationally in Afghanistan and Iraq. Expert in designing and facilitating behavioural change programmes, Billie is adept at maximising leadership potential and optimising team performance. She has worked within high pressure communication environments, negotiating and persuading at a multi-agency level.

Katy Parrott was a finalist in the BBC series Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week, has gone on to summit mountains over 5000m and was deployed out to Afghanistan as an Army Medic. She is passionate and encourages a ‘can-do mindset’ leading by example to inspire others, in their own fields.

Marcus Oldroyd, a trained and current crisis and hostage negotiator with vast experience in his field shall additionally be acting as a performance coach and lead facilitator on the workshop when the Bakkavor teams undertake their virtual sessions on the 11th February, where a virtual reality environment shall allow participants to visualise real-time situations and work together to produce the best outcome.

“We aim to teach tools and techniques in listening and communication that are universally applicable. We will discuss the frame of mind you enter into a conversation, and how to become conscious of this. We will also look at pro-active listening techniques that can look like a Jedi mind trick when applied with skill! We will then put the participants into a virtual environment where they will be able to apply and practice the techniques they’ve learnt” Harrie Ellaway, Programme Manager, Fieri

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