Laura Harpham (20) began her career as a chef but joined the firm in March as a trainee buyer in the procurement department to develop her career in a more commercial role.
“Freshtime has given me a brilliant opportunity and I intend not to waste a second of it”, said Laura, who lives in Pinchbeck and attended school in Baston and college in Stamford.
“I have lots to learn but everybody has been so patient and supportive that I look forward to being able to pull my own weight within the team. That’s all quite a way off at the moment, but every day brings a new challenge and I am very much enjoying my junior role.”
John Stokes, Head of Procurement at Freshtime, said Laura is currently in the early stages of the process but is learning quickly and starting to make a contribution to the business.
“We’re very pleased with Laura’s progress so far and feel that training our own team can only be a benefit to the future of Freshtime and the wider industry.”
Laura is being supported by Sharon Green, Head of Skills and Work-Based Learning at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln based in Holbeach.
“We are very excited about working with Laura as she starts her career at Freshtime,” said Sharon. “We see the benefits year on year for young people like Laura who get the opportunity to work within the food sector in a diverse range of job roles, gaining a well respected food-related qualification as well as valuable workplace skills and experience.”
“It’s a career for life and Laura has some adventurous learning ahead of her.”