Vocational Education

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.


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