Food and drink firms have been urged to take on more apprentices

Food firms must take on more apprentices

By Nicholas Robinson

Manufacturers need to be part of the solution to bridging the food and drink sector’s skills gap, the director of the government’s Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has said.

Fosh: 'strong employer collaboration'

Government ups support for food industry skills strategy

By Rod Addy

The government has increased support for a skills strategy proposed by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) that will initially see food science become a priority area for apprenticeships.

Vince Cable with young talent from Arla Foods's Stourton dairy

FDF supports government skills push

By Rod Addy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has praised the government’s new skills campaign, highlighting the positive impact apprenticeships have had on preparing new recruits for food industry careers.

Paterson: 'delighted' to see Mondelēz 'bringing in lots of bright young local people'

Overseas and national food firms invest in UK jobs

By Rod Addy

UK-based food and drink firms are investing in jobs as much as internationally-owned outfits, according to Owen Paterson, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) secretary of state.

McCain's apprentice Charlotte Linford meets George Eustice, food and farming minister last week during his visit to McCains' Peterborough factory

Food industry co-operation key benefit of apprenticeship week

By Michael Stones

Two key achievements of National Apprenticeship Week were to foster industry co-operation on the campaign to attract more youngsters and to focus the government’s attention on the sector, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

George Eustice (L) met apprentices and FDF officials during his visit to McCain's Peterborough factory yesterday

Enlist teen apprentices to help plug skills gap: DEFRA

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should send teenage apprentices into schools to inspire youngsters to choose the right qualifications to launch a career in the industry, as part of a new approach to careers advice, says George Eustice, food and farming minister.

Manufacturers have the chance to take control of developing apprenticeships

Here today, gone tomorrow - all change for apprenticeships

By Sarah Marshall, FDQ

Recent food and drink sector apprenticeship figures have shown about 3,500 apprentices starting a programme each year for the past two years; this is a good build on previous years, where figures hovered around 500 – 1,000.

Young apprentices can generate a wealth of change within the workplace

Harnessing the power of food manufacturing apprenticeships

By Peter Booth

By choosing the right apprenticeship framework and with appropriate training and guidance, young apprentices can facilitate a change in workplace culture helping to lock-in and sustain continuous improvements, providing a valuable resource for the future.

Vyse hopes to fill 10 apprenticeships in packaging a year

Alliance aims to fill skills gap in packaging

By Paul Gander

An alliance of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) in the UK, the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) and Food and Drink Federation (FDF) aims to have a new apprenticeship scheme with a packaging technology focus in place...

Courses need to meet firms' needs

Train reaction

By Gary Scattergood

The industry needs more skilled employees and it needs them quickly. But is there a coherent training and careers regime? Gary Scattergood investigates

'Hiring an apprentice helps businesses to grow their own talent,' said David Way

Food manufacturing apprentices double in number

By Mike Stones

The number of people starting a food manufacturing apprenticeship soared by 96% in 2011/12, according to the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), which urged new starters to enter the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Justine Fosh: determined to close the skills gap

New food and drink industry training boss to close skills gap

By Mike Stones

Closing the yawning food and drink industry skills gap by attracting the next generation of industry scientists, engineers and technicians is the top priority of the new director of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD) and the sector...

Ed Miliband slammed

Food manufacturers to double apprentice numbers

By Mike Stones

UK food and drink manufacturers are on course to double the number of apprenticeships in the industry by the end of this year, said the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). 

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Food manufacturers’ Linkedin focuses on apprentices

By Dan Colombini

The role of apprentices in food and drink manufacturing and the challenge of attracting new young talent dominated debate this month on the industry’s Linkedin forum The Food and Drink Manufacturing Network – powered byFood Manufacture.

FDF kicks off its apprenticeship drive

FDF kicks off its apprenticeship drive

By Rick Pendrous

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a series of apprenticeship roadshows across the country to encourage food manufacturers to take on more apprentices.

Apprentices can make a valuable contribution in helping SMEs such as Butt Foods bring new products to market. For more about our Skills Seminar and to secure your free place, contact Hannah Rosevear on 01293 610431 or email

Food and drink firms misunderstand apprentices

By Mike Stones

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

Britvic has begun recruting for its 2012 apprenticeship scheme

Britvic and Nestlé start apprenticeship search

By Dan Colombini

Leading manufacturers Britvic and Nestlé have started recruiting for their 2012 apprenticeship programmes in a bid to support the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) pledge to double the number of industry trainees by the end of the year.

Industry takes action to fill skills gap

Industry takes action to fill skills gap

By Rick Pendrous

Details emerged last month of action the food and drink industry is taking to address the impending skills shortage. A staggering 137,000 new recruits are needed to replace people who will be retiring over the next five years. This represents around 34%...

TV Apprentice star Tim Campbell and Apprentice of the Year, Calum Marnock, from Kraft, at the Community Partnership Awards ceremony

Sign up to the apprenticeship pledge: FDF

By Mike Stones

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is urging food manufacturers to sign up to its apprenticeship pledge and contribute to the growing number of opportunities in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

BBC TV's The Apprentice winner, Tim Campbell (left) presents Calum Marnock, from Kraft Foods, with a trophy at the FDF Community Partnership Awards ceremony

Food firms to double apprenticeships

By Graham Holter

The food and drink industry has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships in the sector by the end of next year.

Fit for fishing

Fit for fishing

By Freddie Dawson

Grimsby has been associated with fish since Viking days. The first training probably occurred then. Today, it's provided by the Humber Seafood Institute (HSI) part of the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education.

Strengthening workers' skills range is the aim of the investment

First minister welcomes Vion’s 250 jobs investment

By Freddie Dawson

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has welcomed news that Dutch meat processor Vion is to create 250 new jobs at a new training centre at its Hall's plant in Broxburn, West Lothian.

Get on the	groovy 	 train

Get on the groovy train

New training projects are leading the industry out of bleak recruitment into a land of upskilled staff, says Freddie Dawson

Chase for the pot of gold

Chase for the pot of gold

Government funding for food industry training looks precarious. Rod Addy debates the issues

Food science gets a boost

Food science gets a boost

By Rod Addy

Processors and academic bodies are joining forces to plug a major skills gap, using Adult Apprenticeships as a key tool, as Rod Addy discovers

The inside path to staff

The inside path to staff

By Rod Addy

Delegates at Improve's 'Taking on The World' conference heard some tough words on staff training, says Rod Addy

Knowledge source

Knowledge source

The National Skills Academy for food and drink manufacturing opens this month. Gail Hunt finds out what it will mean for the industry


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