Scottish Apprenticeship Week – Scotland Food and Drink
Food firms on target to double numbers in 2012
Marking this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) is pleased to reveal that UK food and drink manufacturers are well on target to meet their pledge to double the number of apprenticeships in the industry by the end of 2012.
The latest data from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and Improve shows that the number of apprentice starts all across the UK in the first six months of the pledge has reached 1,654 – nearly 50% of our overall target of 3,400! Apprenticeships taken up during this period cover a wide range of disciplines, from traditional roles such as new product development and engineering, to commercial functions such as finance and human resources. In Scotland, the pledge forms part of SFDF’s A Future in Food programme, which works to promote the sector as a career destination of choice.
Launched last year, the apprenticeship pledge aims to build a pool of talented apprentices that can be developed and deployed across the sector – building skills for the future and enabling the industry to meet its ambition to grow 20% by 2020. The pledge is delivered in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and NAS.
Director of Competitiveness at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), SFDF’s parent organisation, Angela Coleshill, said:
“We are delighted that we are well on track to meet our target to double the number of apprenticeships in food and drink manufacturing in England and Scotland. We strongly believe that Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of attracting talent for the future and of bringing many benefits to our businesses including increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a motivated workforce.
“By recruiting new apprentices and upskilling our existing employees, we are ensuring that our sector has the right skills now and in the future.”
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