Consultation opportunity: Calling all food and drink employers

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 11:02

Transition from SASE Framework to Apprenticeship Standards Consultation

In line with Government policy, Apprenticeship Standards are soon to replace Frameworks in England. As the Issuing Authority for the Frameworks in the food and drink industry in England, we are undertaking a consultation around the future of both the Level 2 and Level 3 Food and Drink SASE Frameworks.

The new Apprenticeship Standards have been developed over the last few years by industry, to ensure that the skills our workforce needs will support the continued growth and success of businesses. A number of these Standards are already live and operational including Butcher, Operator and Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer.

Open and transparent decision making

The NSAFD takes its responsibility to the industry very seriously and realises the change from Framework to Standards is a significant transition to manage.  Whilst we have the powers to switch off the food and drink framework without consultation, we believe that for the good of the industry it is vital that everyone has their say so that no employers are disadvantaged.  Stakeholders can be assured that feedback will be carefully considered and will inform the decision making process.  We will keep this process open, transparent and above all consultative. Employers have had - and will continue to have - input into this important stage in the journey of apprenticeships. As an industry-led body we need to get this right to ensure our employers and their teams are best placed to succeed.

According to the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards, who oversee all Issuing Authorities, the approach that the NSAFD are taking in consulting to ensure an  open, transparent and informed perspective  to decision making is considered to be ‘best practice and exemplar’.

Consultation period

The consultation opened on 1st February 2017 and can be accessed here.

During this 9 week period we urge all food and drink employers to have their say.

The consultation will close at 5pm on 31st March 2017.

After consultation closes

After this deadline, outcomes and recommendations will be consolidated and shared with the SFA. The SFA and the NSAFD will discuss findings regarding the future of the Framework.  Confirmation of any actions to be taken is expected in April, but we will keep industry informed.

Promotion of the consultation

To ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to get involved we have promoted this consultation to both employers and to providers via our website, provider newsletter and via our business networks. The NSAFD is also running a Food and Drink Industry Apprenticeship Conference on 17th March, and this again will be raised as an issue of importance.

If you have any questions relating to this consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via

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