Vocational Education

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.

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”.

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.

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 are a key means of plugging the skills gap

Food industry apprenticeships vital for growth

By Michael Stones

Apprentices are vital to plug the food industry skills gap, says the Food and Drink Federation, while the Confederation of British Industry has slammed the government's latest apprenticeship plans.

There are three barriers preventing women in manufacturing

Top three barriers to women in manufacturing

By Laurence Gibbons

A lack of knowledge about food industry careers, misconceptions about manufacturing and a dip in apprenticeships are the three barriers blocking women from starting careers in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

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.

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.

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.

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

1,700 jobs are at risk at Vion's Hall's of Broxburn site

Scottish ministers join fight to protect jobs at Vion

By Lorraine Mullaney

As 1,700 jobs are at risk at Vion’s West Lothian plant, the Scottish government’s First Minister Alex Salmond has pledged to “travel anywhere and meet anyone to try to protect Scottish jobs”.

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...

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 Hannah.Rosevear@wrbm.com

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 FoodManufacture.co.uk.

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.

Widdowson: Degree-level training centre

Northern Foods to build on skills pedigree

By Rod Addy

Northern Foods plans to build on its credentials as a food industry skills champion by upgrading its operations academy to form a degree-level training centre.

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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