Jones Village Bakery is advertising for 30 new night jobs in order to meet growing demand for its flagship bread products, the company has said.
Over the last year, Jones Village Bakery has reported sales of its own brand bread increasing by 20%, with its signature Welsh Batch loaf proving particularly popular. As a result, it is ramping up production on the night shift as its bakery in Minera, near Wrexham, where the bread is made.
The bread is then delivered fresh from the ovens by vans to customers across North Wales and the Marches, in addition to supermarkets across the UK.
“It’s a brilliant company to work for and it’s getting bigger and bigger because of the growing popularity of our products,” said Kevin Jones, the Night Shift Manager at the Minera Bakery and has been with the company for seven years. “Our own brand bread is flying off the shelves at the moment so we need to recruit more budding bakers to cater for that demand.
“Working nights is not for everybody but for some it really suits their individual or family circumstances.
“A lot of people prefer working nights and the four on, four off shift means you have loads of time to do other things on your days off. The world’s your oyster in those four days.”
Tom Breeze the Bakery Manager in Minera, started as an 16-year-old apprentice and worked his way up the ranks to his current job.
“There are great career prospects at the Village Bakery for the right people who want to work hard and have the right attitude. We have a grow your own policy here which means that the vast majority of the bakery managers and supervisors are people like myself who’ve come up through the ranks. There are lots of opportunities for extra training, earning qualifications and career progression,” Tom said, adding: “There’s a great camaraderie amongst the staff and a lot of team become really good friends. Most of the people are from the local area and they have known each other a long time.”
Pay rates for jobs begin at £11.43 an hour and can increase up to £15.47 an hour. Other benefits to help prospective staff combat the cost of living crisis include discounts of up to 6% on their weekly supermarket shop at UK retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and ASDA.
“The increasing demand for our products is testament to the fantastic work of our secret ingredient – the brilliant people who work here,” commented Simon Thorpe, Operations Director, Jones Village Bakery. “Working on nights here is a classic bakery role of making the freshest possible products and out to the customer virtually straight from the ovens into the vans.
“Being associated with the baking of our popular flagship products is a real positive and source of pride for the people who work here.”
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