ERIKS has received more than 2,500 applications for its 2024 apprenticeship programme


Applications for engineering apprenticeships soar

By Gwen Ridler

Young people are scrambling to secure entry-level engineering roles, as industrial service provider ERIKS reveals more than 2,500 people have applied for its 2024 apprenticeship programme.

We talk apprenticeships in the latest episode of the Food Manufacture Podcast

Food Manufacture Podcast

Episode 3: Apprenticeships

By Gwen Ridler

From the new faces of the industry to the educators introducing them into the world of food and drink, we talk apprenticeships in episode three of the Food Manufacture Podcast.

Jackson (pictured) talks winning at this year's FMEAs and what's next for his career


An interview with the future talent of food

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls sits down with Raynor Food’s Patrick Jackson, winner of this year’s Future Talent Award at Food Manufacture Excellence 2023.

The FMEAs are regarded as the Oscars of food and drink

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards - as told by socials!

By Bethan Grylls

With 17 categories up for grabs, the awards night recognised and rewarded the very best in operating standards and processes in today’s UK food and drink manufacturing sectors. Here's some of the highlights as told by social posts.

We catch up with FMEA finalist and former Weetabix apprentice James Bell

Where are they now? Three years later with Weetabix apprentice

By Gwen Ridler

Back in 2019, Food Manufacture spoke with Weetabix manufacturing apprentice James Bell to discuss his journey with the business. Three years later, we catch up with Bell to discuss his role in the company and how the pandemic has affected apprenticeships.

Gabrielle Freeman is one of five finalists in the running for Apprentice of the Year

Being a better apprentice: FMEA finalist interview

By Gwen Ridler

Trying new experiences and seizing new opportunities are key to a successful apprenticeship in the food and drink industry, according to Food Manufacture Excellence Awards finalist Gabrielle Freeman.

Cockran: 'It has been a challenge – a good challenge at the same time'

Coca-Cola apprentice Amelia Cockran on COVID-19 challenge

By Gwen Ridler

Rapid change in a COVID-19 world and new learning opportunities have been essential parts of the lives of apprentices in 2020, one finalist in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) reveals in this exclusive podcast.

Henry Greer is a finalist in this year's Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Apprentice of the Year finalist Henry Greer

By Gwen Ridler

Finnebrogue Artisan apprentice automation engineer Henry Greer offers thoughts on food industry apprenticeships in 2020 and being shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year at the 2021 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards.

Gwen RidlerApprenticeships in focus

Bakkavor's focus on apprenticeships

By Gwen Ridler

Fresh prepared foods supplier Bakkavor is committed to its apprenticeships, and this includes feedback from both sides. In our new series focusing on both sides of the apprenticeship story, Cian Short, group apprenticeship manager and development chef...

Chilled foods business grows apprentice numbers

Bakkavor to recruit 26 apprentices

By Michelle Perrett

Bakkavor Group, the fresh prepared food supplier, has revealed it is to recruit 26 new apprentices during 2018.

ACS&T Logistics is taking on more young people to train as apprentices

Apprenticeship Levy: firms slow to act

By Rick Pendrous

Companies are being slow to take advantage of the new Apprenticeship Levy that came into effect in April, claims Bis Henderson Academy, which offers training programmes for supply chain and logistics professionals.

The apprentice route needs support

Careers advice on apprenticeships ‘is failing’

By Rick Pendrous

Apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing could be in jeopardy, according to a new report from the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) supported by Semta, the engineering skills body.

More needs to be done to promote food and drink careers advice in schools, claims Food Manufacture’s Rick Pendrous

Back to basics for Food education and training

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturing in the UK is in crisis. Young people are being put off seeking careers in the sector because of a combination of lack of knowledge about what’s on offer and the poor press it receives.

Bakkavor's announcement coincides with National Apprenticeship Week (March 6–10)

National Apprenticeship Week

Bakkavor to recruit 40 new apprentices

By Noli Dinkovski

Bakkavor has kicked off National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) by revealing it will take on 40 new apprentices this year in manufacturing, engineering, development and HR roles.

The Institute of Meat and Worshipful Company of Butchers 2017 Annual Prize-Giving.

Stars of the meat industry are awarded

By Rick Pendrous

The ‘best of the best’ in the meat and poultry industry were recognised last week (February 21) at The Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) Annual Prize-Giving.

The FTA is to offer free training for truck drivers, to plug the logistics skills gap

Training scheme to tackle logistics skills gap

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers are to benefit from fully-funded training and apprenticeships from the Freight Transport Association (FTA), to tackle shortages of skilled heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

EEF said the government's apprenticeship levy funding proposal was 'a step forward'

Apprenticeship levy plan is a ‘step forward’: EEF

By Matt Atherton

The government’s final funding proposals for the apprenticeship levy have been welcomed by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, which said it was “a significant step forward”.

Apprenticeship vacancies had risen by 13% this year

Food manufacturing graduates ‘in demand’: FDF

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturing graduates remain in high demand, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), despite news that the UK’s top firms are offering fewer graduate opportunities this year.

Tyrrells’ boss David Milner praises the benefits of apprenticeship schemes, as does Tyrrells apprentice Alice Topham

Apprentices key for rural food firms: Tyrrells boss

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink businesses in rural areas could benefit significantly by setting up apprenticeship programmes, claims the boss of Tyrrells, the crisp producer recently sold to US popcorn maker Amplify Snack Brands for £300M.

New Apprenticeship Levy proposals have been called 'poorly designed' by business leaders

Apprenticeship Levy is ‘poorly designed’

By Gwen Ridler

The Apprenticeship Levy is at risk of “turning back the clock” on progress and is “poorly designed” according to business leaders, as the government launched a consultation on the funding of the levy.

DEFRA chief Andrea Leadsom joined the 2 Sisters boss in welcoming the new apprenticeship programme

2 Sisters boss welcomes new apprentice plan

By Mike Stones

The new Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes (IAAP) for the food and drink industry “puts employers in the driving seat with regards to standards”, says 2 Sisters Food Group’s people and change director Nigel Perry.

Manufacturers with apprenticeship programmes are more productive

Act now to make most of the apprenticeship levy

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers have been advised to start putting strategies in place now to make the most of the government’s apprenticeship levy, which comes into force in April 2017 and essentially transfers the cost of apprenticeships from the taxpayer...

Businesses are likely to cut staff to cover the costs of the Apprenticeship Levy

Staff cuts planned to pay for Apprenticeship Levy

By Matt Atherton

Almost one-in-five businesses are likely to cut employee numbers to meet the costs of the Apprenticeship Levy, finds an industry-wide survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Pearson UK.

Apprenticeships need the backing of food and drink manufacturers, according to our Big Video Debate

Foodex 2016

Food firms should ‘do more to back apprentices’

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should do more to help apprentices find work in the sector, according to Jon Poole, chief executive of the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).

The new Apprenticeship Levy has sparked a mixed industry reaction

Apprentice Levy gets mixed food and drink industry reaction

By Michael Stones

The Apprentice Levy, announced in chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, has received a mixed reaction from industry groups – ranging from cautious praise to fears about its impact on apprenticeship recruitment.

Kendrick has committed to trebling apprentices and boosting exports

FDF commits to apprentices and exports

By Laurence Gibbons

The food and drink industry will treble apprentice numbers and grow value-added food and drink exports by a third by 2020, according to a new pledge from the boss of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Manufacturing industry commentators give views on Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement gets mixed response from industry experts

By Alice Foster

Scrapping tax credits, a controversial apprentice levy and budget cuts at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) were key elements of the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which received a mixed reaction from industry commentators.

Osborne is expected to clarify to government's apprentices plan in his autumn spending review

Autumn spending review

Government to clarify apprentice plan in spending review

By Laurence Gibbons

The government will clarify exactly how it plans to reach its target of 3M more apprentices during the lifetime of this parliament in Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn spending review on Wednesday (November 25), according to business secretary Sajid...

Lack of training provision could torpedo the bid to boost apprenticeships

Food and drink apprenticeship model is 'collapsing'

By Rick Pendrous

Prime minster David Cameron’s plans to raise the number of apprenticeships, including those in the food and drink sector, by 3M by 2020 could be torpedoed by a failure to properly finance the training provision required, according to the boss of food...

The new apprenticeship plan has been welcomed by the FDF

Food firms welcome PM’s apprentice plans

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers have welcomed the prime minister’s plans to boost the number of top quality apprentices, as part of the government’s pledge to create 3M apprenticeships by 2020.

The food industry should help shape its standards

Skills group urges firms to forge industry standards

By Laurence Gibbons

The food industry should help set job performance standards and bring qualification learning up-to-date to battle the skills gap it faces, according to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD).

Craft engineers in food and drink can earn in excess of £40,000 a year

Food sector needs more apprentices

By Rick Pendrous

Greater co-ordination is needed between government and the food and drink industry to bring together various training schemes and initiatives on offer and raise the numbers of apprentices in the sector, a leading automation specialist has claimed.


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