New food and drink apprenticeship schemes launched

Ten new Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes (IAAP) for the Food & Drink Industry have been unveiled at a House of Commons event attended by industry leaders, training providers and members of parliament. 

Organised by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) and CQM Training & Consultancy, the new apprenticeships are the result of over two years of collaboration through industry steering groups, including: John Griffiths from Princes, Janette Graham from 2 Sisters Food Group and James Walker from Nestlé UK&I, George Fuller from the Craft Bakers Association, Andrew Kenny from Cross of York, and Jen Termansen, formerly of Arla Foods.

Each IAAP has been designed by the industry and contains an approved qualification – either a brand new qualification specifically designed for the apprenticeship, or a degree put through a rigorous assessment process to ensure it is right for the industry. The supporting training materials have been developed and signed off by industry and are only available from providers who have demonstrated delivery capability.

Justine Fosh, chief executive of the NSAFD, thanked those in the IAAP steering groups for their “inspirational leadership” and said: “The apprenticeships we have developed have been painstakingly shaped and re-shaped. The result is a suite of 10 programmes that are truly reflective of what the industry needs.”

Nigel Perry, group people and change director at 2 Sisters Food Group, said the result of industry collaboration was “a new apprenticeship model which puts employers in the driving seat with regards to standards.  We now know what ‘good’ looks like and employers in the food and drink industry can expect consistency of quality and delivery.”

Attending the launch, environment secretary Andrea Leadsom said apprenticeships would be one of her key priorities.
“Apprenticeships not only transform lives but also give our country the highly skilled workforce it needs to flourish. I welcome these new Industry Approved Apprenticeship courses that have the backing of leading awarding bodies. They illustrate perfectly what can happen when employers and the sector work together.

“We need these skilled people ready to take up jobs in areas like food science and engineering. That is why Defra has committed to trebling food and farming apprenticeships by 2020.”

The new Industry Approved Apprentice Programmes launched at the event were:

• Level 2 Food & Drink Process Operator
• Level 2 Baker
• Level 2 Fishmonger
• Level 3 Advanced Baker
• Level 3 Food & Drink Advanced Operator
• Level 3 Food Technologist
• Level 3 Supply Chain Professional
• Level 3 Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer
• Level 5 Advanced Dairy Technologist
• Level 6 Food Industry Technical Manager

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