Graduate Case Studies

How we create the business leaders of the future

The transition from university to the workplace is an exciting journey and everyone has a unique story. However, our company values and collaborative business culture seem to be a common factor in attracting graduates to join Team apetito.

From Graduate to Future Leader

We’re passionate about developing and nurturing open-minded and driven graduates. Our Graduate Programme is designed to help university graduates hit the ground running and develop their skills to become the business leaders of the future. We caught up with some of our current graduates to find out why they chose apetito.


Dina El-Haddadeh

University of Leeds graduate, Dina El-Haddadeh, joined apetito in September 2017 as a Graduate Research & Development Technologist. Having studied Food Science & Nutrition at university, Dina knew she wanted a career where she could combine her passion for food with her love of science.

Rebecca FitzHenry

Graphic design enthusiast, Rebecca FitzHenry, joined apetito as a Graduate Marketing Executive in September 2017. Rebecca chose to study Marketing at the University of Liverpool after seeing the synergy between business and graphic design during her A-Levels.

Mandy Chambers

As a qualified Personal Trainer and Bath University Sports & Exercise Science graduate, Mandy Chambers, has always been passionate about healthy, nutritious food. Mandy successfully ran her own Fitness & Nutrition business before joining apetito as a Business Graduate in September 2017.

A passion for food and helping people

“I knew I wanted a job where I could help people and I truly am doing that at apetito. Many of our customers are vulnerable, elderly people and it is so rewarding to know that we are all making a big difference to their lives.” - Dina
“Nutrition was a buzzword for me in my job search and that’s how I came across the apetito graduate scheme. I knew I wanted a job where I felt like I was making a difference and the apetito ethos really married up with my own values and beliefs.” - Mandy

    All our graduates speak of being passionate about food and helping people, especially the elderly and vulnerable. It is important to those with a background in nutrition to develop a career which is dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of their customers.

Positive working culture

“I was drawn to the business culture and people; it’s what I love the most about working at apetito. Everyone is very open and approachable which makes for a nice working environment.” - Rebecca
“At apetito, people can make an impact on the business. The culture here gives employees a voice; people are listened to and their ideas are taken on board.” - Mandy

    We spend around 30 percent of our life at work and so we believe it’s important to create an environment in which you feel respected and valued. At apetito, we strive to create an open, friendly and welcoming work culture and no matter the business area, we actively encourage teams to work collectively in a supportive environment.

Helping you develop a meaningful career

“The executive board have a genuine interest in your opinions and ask for your input. I can already see how my way of thinking has positively changed through the opportunities I have been given since joining the company.” - Dina
“Managers are very supportive and will do what they can to support you in opportunities you identify yourself. Being part of the graduate scheme has boosted my confidence, my presenting skills have improved and I am better able to present myself.” - Rebecca

    Training and development means a lot to us. That’s why, whatever the role, we dedicate time to improve strengths, explore interests and build the foundations for an impressive career.

    As a graduate you’re offered great exposure amongst the senior leadership team, with all graduates regularly presenting to the executive board to showcase the projects they have been involved with. These presentations also help open further opportunities and help individuals identify where further support and development is needed.

    There are numerous development opportunities available to all members of staff, which are fully supported by managers. However, we encourage individuals to take ownership on making these happen. These opportunities can include attending training courses, events and exhibitions. We want graduates to develop in ways that help them be better at the things they’re passionate about.

Responsibility from day one

“One of the most exciting projects I have worked on, is recruiting and training a sensory panel. I have worked with over 100 people across the business to find a group of ‘Super Tasters’ and utilised them for product testing and product differentiation.” - Dina
“To celebrate the successes of our Care Homes team, I created a story book that contained stories from across the team. The book was printed as a proper story book and was a great way of sharing the fantastic work from across the team. It was a great feeling to see the physical book when it was finished” - Rebecca
“My responsibilities are varied, with no two days being the same. I manage many projects across the business, through which I get to explore possible solutions and implement ideas on the frontline. Innovation is a key theme in a number of these projects.” - Mandy

    We pride ourselves on giving every member of the team the chance to make a real difference within the business, managing key projects with training and support. Our graduates tell us about some of the projects they’ve already been involved with.

Advice for future graduates

“Take ownership over what you are doing and feel empowered in your decisions. But most importantly, ask lots of questions.” - Dina
“Take on as many opportunities as you can from day one. There are so many projects to get involved with which allow you to meet lots of people from different teams and build up skills you won’t necessarily get in your job role.” - Rebecca
“I would say my best advice is to have an open mind, give everything a go and put 100 percent in to what you do. There are huge opportunities for those who show a lot of enthusiasm as the company has a genuine desire to develop people here and getting involved is rewarded.” - Mandy

So, what advice would our graduates give to anyone considering a future at apetito?

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