There are many tangible benefits to undertaking an apprenticeship scheme:
We have a teaching team that includes individuals that have worked in industry at senior level including Quality, Innovation, Legislation and Technical Management. This allows for a pragmatic approach to balance the core scientific and technical fundamentals of Food Science and Technology.
Our most successful partnerships with industry have been with those employers who have taken time to put together a strategy for apprenticeship training and fully understand the support and commitment required from all parties to realise potential of the apprentice.
We have been delivering food science and technology courses for over 50 years. The importance of the sector to us is reflected by the fact that this was the first area in which NTU entered the apprenticeship arena
The excellent ongoing communication between employer, apprentices and NTU. The provision of support, coaching and encouragement to the apprentices. The contextualisation of learning.
NTU have great lecturers who have lots of previous experience working in the food industry which I felt really helped. There was a lot of support and understanding from lecturers and an appreciation of work/study balance.
We are intending to start delivery of the new L6 Manufacturing Manager in September 2020.
A personal profile of the proposed apprentice is very helpful, including experience, qualifications, aims and reasons for taking on apprenticeship training. This will assist in assessing the individual’s suitability for one of our courses.
The emphasis on employer input into the apprenticeship standards. NTU has always consulted industry on curriculum design