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Trailblazer projects aim to develop new style apprenticeships

06 January 2014

Following the 2013 Richard Review of Apprenticeships in England, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is leading an ambitious programme of apprenticeship reform.

The first phase of this work is underway with a number of ‘Trailblazer’ projects launched to develop the first of the new style Apprenticeships by the end of 2014.

The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, Improve and the Food and Drink Federation are working in partnership with employers in food businesses to develop a new Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Standard for the sector.

Thornton’s, McCains, Haribo, Kraft, Arla, Fosters, Dairy Crest and Nestlé are just some of the employers participating in this project. BIS requires all Trailblazer work to be driven by employers.

To date, the Food and Drink Trailblazer work has produced a draft proposal of the competences, skills, knowledge and behaviours that will form the Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship of the future.

During January and February there will be a period of consultation on this proposal. Project staff will consult with a broad range of food businesses, to ensure the new Apprenticeship Standard is fit for purpose and meet industry’s Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance requirements, regardless of the product type and size of the business. It is particularly important that SMEs provide feedback to make sure the new Apprenticeship Standard
works for the many businesses that will take on apprentices of the future.

The consultation period will be short as BIS expects Trailblazers to submit final Standards by 14 February 2014. It is expected that the new style Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeships will be operational by the end of 2014.

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