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...

Pendrous: Are today's graduates value for money?

Should our kids take the apprentice route?

By Rick Pendrous

Are graduates value for money these days? No doubt, many of us with a degree would answer: 'Yes!' But for many food and drink employers that is not the case. It seems quite a number have had less than positive experiences of recruiting young...

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


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