Food and drink firms misunderstand apprentices

By Mike Stones

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Butt foods, Apprenticeship, Vocational education

The role of apprentices in food and drink firms – particularly small- to medium-sized enterprises – is much misunderstood, David Williams, md of speciality baker Butt Foods told

In this exclusive interview, Williams explained that apprenticeships, often misunderstood as trainee tea-makers, can make a key contribution to manufacturing businesses. But many smaller firms either don’t appoint apprentices or fail to make the most of their talents, he said.

As Butt Foods grows at the rate of 20-30% a year, Williams said he planned to appoint an apprentice this year to add value to his business as it brings new products to market.

Skills Seminar

For more information about apprenticeships in UK food and drink manufacturing, make a date to attend our free Skills Seminar organised in conjunction with the Institute of Food Science & Technology.

Intended for HR directors and managers, the free morning seminar will take place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on Monday March 26.

The event, which takes place alongside Food and Drink Expo and Foodex shows, will include presentations from the Food and Drink Federation on what is being done to raise the industry's image.

Also on offer will be information on new training schemes; the latest manufacturing apprenticeship schemes; and a new transferable skills initiative.

For more information and to secure your place at this free event, click here​ or contact Hannah Rosevear on 01293 610431 or email

Related topics: Bakery, Cereals and bakery preparations

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