About the employee

  • Name – Annie Hughes
  • Job title – Technical Degree Apprentice
  • Location – Coalville, Leicestershire
  • Length of time with the company – 2.5 years

Why did you choose Tulip for an apprenticeship?

Finishing my A levels, I was keen to continue to learn and gain a degree, but I was apprehensive with the decision to attend university. Dedicating 3 years to a subject which would cost me in the excess of £40,000 with no end job guarantee was daunting. So, with a passion for science I searched for science-based apprenticeships. Tulip offered a Degree Apprenticeship with Lincoln University to study Food Science – which was fantastic as I am a massive foodie!


What key skills/experience have you gained so far from the Tulip Apprentice Programme?

While working at Tulip my confidence has grown, from being a more reserved individual I now find myself speaking in management meetings to the Site Director about ways in which I believe processes could be improved. My hands-on experience in multiple areas of Tulip has excelled my university study and provided me with endless industry knowledge – which is a great help when writing university reports!


What are the best things about your job?

Being an apprentice opens many doors. I find myself being invited to all the exciting meetings and presentations to extend my knowledge of the industry. All the managers from various departments are very supportive in ensuring I am involved in product launches, external visits and other exciting events I wouldn’t likely be included in if I wasn’t an apprentice!


What sets your company apart from their competitors as a top apprentice employer?

Tulip, being such a large company, have vast career options. As the company follows the process from farm to fork there are ample opportunities to specialise wherever interests you!


What is your proudest achievement so far as a Tulip Apprentice?

During the two and a half years at Tulip I have had many proud moments. In the summer of 2017 I was awarded ‘Tulip Most Consistent Apprentice’ as well as highly commended in ‘Higher Apprentice of the Year’ award. In December 2017 my achievements were recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service where I was appointed Vice Chair of the East Midlands Young Apprentice Ambassador Network. Over the past year this role has taken me to events with the likes of MP Ann Milton. Although vice chairing the network requires a lot of volunteering in my free time, it is very rewarding seeing more young people follow an Apprenticeship route.


What advice would you give someone applying for an apprenticeship with Tulip?

I was worried when I took on the role as a Technical Apprentice that I would be limited in my career path. Well, my apprenticeship is quite the opposite! Tulip’s opportunities allow you to follow a path suited to you, so don’t be apprehensive about not wanting to be the next Technical Manager you could be the next New Product Development Manager instead!