A job to fit around childcare became a career move for Sylwia Slomka.

The Burnley mum worked on the packaging and labelling line for the mini muffins for two years – and it worked perfectly around her childcare needs.

“My daughter was small, so starting at 9am meant I could still take her to school.

“The job wasn’t difficult, but it paid the bills when I needed work and it fit in with my life at the time.”

Sylwia said she regularly watched the Quality Assurance lead, wondering what she was doing and why.

“A job in quality control came up and I applied. I didn’t have the experience, but Cherrytree gave me a chance because I wanted to learn.

“It’s completely different to what I was doing – it’s busy and I get a lot of satisfaction from the job knowing that we are sending out a good product.”

Sylwia has now been in the role for four years and said the management have been incredibly supportive over the years.

She explained: “If you have any issues – health, family, work – the mangers are so helpful. They’re very family orientated. I can talk to my manager like a friend.

“I can see how the company has changed over the years. They are growing bigger and better and have so many new products, and so many new customers.

“I had never worked in a food factory – but you can be trained on everything even if you have no experience. There are a lot of shift patterns to suit different family commitments – from early starts to night shifts.”

Cherrytree Bakery are currently paying for Sylwia and some of her colleagues to complete an NVQ in food and drink.

“If someone likes the job, they could stay here for years. Many of the staff have been here for a long time.

“I’m proud to work at Cherrytree.”