Trailblazing Apprenticeships

WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?

Employer-led groups are leading a number of significant changes to apprenticeships in England under the Government’s Trailblazer initiative. These changes will ensure both businesses and apprentices can have confidence that apprenticeships are fit-for-purpose, that they meet industry-agreed standards and that those completing an apprenticeship have all the skills they need to undertake specific roles.

A range of Trailblazers are underway in the Food & Drink Sector. All are being led by groups of experienced representatives from industry businesses - with the majority supported by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink.

You can follow the progress of each Trailblazer project via the ACTIVE FOOD AND DRINK TRAILBLAZERS section below.

We want to keep everyone informed about the work of the Trailblazer groups as they develop their ideas, so you and others across Food & Drink Manufacturing and Processing can tell us what you think and help shape what the groups are doing.

We want to use this opportunity to shape strong apprenticeship pathways right across our sector and turn interest in apprenticeships into more apprenticeship opportunities and an ever greater profile of Food & Drink Manufacturing as a career destination of choice for young people.

The benefits of an apprenticeship aren’t limited to recent industry recruits so greater take up will also demonstrate that we are a sector committed to investing in the skills of current staff.

A new Trailblazer apprenticeship standard for Food Engineering & Maintenance has already been approved by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) after being set by an industry group supported by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink.

This is now being followed by Trailblazer apprenticeship standards for roles including:

  • Production Processing Manager
  • Skilled Technical Operative
  • Food Science Technologist
  • Technical Manager
  • Automated Plant Baker
  • Retail Baker
  • Artisan/Craft Baker

WHERE’S IT COME FROM?

The changes follow the Richard Review of Apprenticeships, led by Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Doug Richard and published in November 2012. His key recommendation was that Government-funded apprenticeships should be designed by employers to ensure that apprenticeships produce people who are fully competent and who meet clearly defined standards set by employers rather than by training providers.  

ENGLAND ONLY? WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE UK?

These changes are for England only. Other parts of the UK will continue to make their own arrangements for apprenticeships guided by each nation’s devolved administrations.

Active Food & Drink Trailblazers

Employer-led Trailblazer projects to develop new Apprenticeship Standards across different areas of Food & Drink Manufacturing are well advanced.

The following Standards have been approved by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS):

  • Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer
  • Food and Drink Process Operator
  • Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator
  • Baker
  • Food Technologist

Work to develop the qualifications and assessments to support these standards is progressing well, with the aim of launch of these new Apprenticeship Standards in September 2016.

The following Standards are in development:

  • Advanced Baker
  • Supply Chain Professional
  • Fishmonger
  • Advanced Food Technologist

The Trailblazer project in this area is developing of new Apprenticeship standards for roles including Automated Plant Baker, Retail Baker and Artisan/Craft Baker.

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The new Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan for Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance was approved in 2014 and the Apprenticeship will be launched in September 2016.

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The Trailblazer project in this area is developing new Apprenticeship standards for roles including Skilled Operative and Advanced Operator.

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The Trailblazer project in this area is developing new Apprenticeship standards for roles including Food Science Technologist and Technical Manager.

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Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards in this area cover occupational roles for Supply Chain Manager/Operator and Logistics Manager/Operator.

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Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards in this area cover occupational roles in Fishmongery.

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