Apprentice of the Year 2022

30 November 2022

Caitlin Jones - Assistant technologist, Co-op Food

Caitlin Jones joined the Co-op technical team as a degree apprentice straight from sixth form in 2020. Despite not having met most of her wider team due to Covid, she refused to let this hinder her growth within the company.


Aged just 18, Caitlin was given a category 7 months into her apprenticeship and proved her capability by successfully relaunching the Co-op own brand soup range in 2021. She has been given an additional category to manage, as well as being promoted to assistant technologist.

She played a fundamental role in developing allergen awareness training packs for Co-op academy students in response to Natasha’s law. The packs were recognised business wide and commended by third-party allergen charities. Caitlin was also part of developing virtual allergen training course for Co-op colleagues.

In addition to her role Caitlin is a great ambassador for the apprenticeship scheme, appearing in multiple apprenticeship campaign videos for the likes of Manchester Met University, Sheffield Hallam University and the BRC. She has also spoken to Co-op academy students about the apprenticeship route and advocating for the Co-op at the All-Party Parliamentary Conference during the Governments annual conference in 2021.