Proficiency in Food Industry Skills & Logistics
The food and drink industry is an exciting, dynamic, fast-paced and competitive industry driven by innovation and new technology. As the largest manufacturing sector in the UK (based on number of employees and financial turnover), it includes some of the country’s best known businesses and brands, and offers a wide variety of well paid, relatively secure jobs. There are opportunities for people with different abilities, backgrounds and experience to enter the sector and develop and progress in their chosen career.
There are a number of complex issues currently driving the industry in England including:
- Consumer protection and public health – for example, supply chain issues and traceability
- Globalisation – companies are tending to relocate where cost advantages are identified
- Consumer demands – consumers are more concerned about health and nutrition than ever before
- Technology – innovative production methods are being introduced
- Environmental change – finding sustainable methods for food production is critical
- Recruitment and skills issues facing the industry
The Apprenticeships for Food and Drink allow apprentices to follow the most relevant pathway for their roles – whether specialist, sector-specific or generalist; operative or supervisory/management – providing them with an opportunity to learn new skills in an industry with wide-ranging careers and good progression prospects.
The programmes allow apprentices to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, in areas where there are known skills gaps and ‘hard to fill’ vacancies. The Intermediate Level Apprenticeship provides an entry route into the sector, and is suitable for those learners moving into a new job, or for equipping existing employees with new skills and learning; whilst the Advanced Level Apprenticeship provides progression routes to technical supervisory and management roles and senior operative roles where there are skills gaps and increasing future demand.
The most significant training benefits for businesses in the industry are found to be those associated with intermediate level skills. Investment in intermediate level skills brings broader benefits, not just in terms of the apprentice’s job satisfaction and career opportunities, but also in meeting business goals, innovation and responding to the market. This Framework, with its diverse range of pathways, including many at intermediate level, provides an opportunity for employers to invest in these skills; and for learners to achieve their career goals.