Emily Chater was crowned Apprentice of the Year for the prestigious Food Manufacture Excellence Awards during a live web ceremony on 11 February 2021

Emily, Technical Services Manager, said: “I am over the moon and still in shock. I want to thank everyone at Pilgrim’s UK for supporting me – especially everyone at Coalville”.

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards were founded to celebrate outstanding achievements within the UK’s fast-growing food and drink industry. Rewarding all elements of food and drink manufacturing, including environmental initiatives, business acumen, business change management, supply chain innovation, young talent and teamwork.

Emily fought off fierce competition and will be toasting her success at home with her family and a video call celebration with friends.

She added: “Since I joined the apprenticeship scheme, I was given all the support I needed and encouraged to do and achieve more than I thought was possible. The award not only highlights my achievements but that of the business and how we operate. Our continued efforts to be the best in what we do and ensure we leave a positive impact on our surrounding communities shows the humility of everyone at Pilgrim’s UK. I would like to tribute this award to all our apprentices across all fields – especially Gabrielle for making as far as she did.”

The business also congratulated Gabrielle Freeman who also made it to the final nominations stage.