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 James 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

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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...


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