The Original Apprentice – Allan (who we all know as “Jock”!)
During my teenager years in Dumfries I was a keen footballer and progressed to a level where I actually had the opportunity to take part in football trials with Carlisle United. However, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in the Police Service. Nevertheless, to join the police you needed to be 18 years old which meant that I had 2 years to wait before I could apply.
It was during this period that I saw an ad in the local paper for production assistants at Bells of Lazonby, I applied and got the job which was only meant to be a stop gap until I could join the Police Force. At the time I was told that I wouldn’t last – 28 years later, I’m part of the fixtures & fittings.
After being made Team leader at 18 years old, I was quickly promoted to nightshift manager at Bells, this made me one of the youngest managers and I haven’t looked back since. From there I progressed to Free-From Factory Manager and for the last 7 years have been Operations Manager.
The highlight of my career so far was meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace upon achieving the Queens award for Innovation back in 2003, after my team successfully implemented a new production system to boost efficiency in the Bakery.