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Premier Foods apprentices make the grade

06 May 2019

Five Premier Foods apprentices have become the first to undertake End Point Assessment (EPA) for the Level 3 Advanced Food & Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship Standard. 

Specialist Food and Drink End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), Occupational Awards Limited (OAL) has confirmed the successful completion of EPA and therefore achievement of their apprenticeships by all five apprentices, following a programme that includes both on-the-job and off-the-job training.
Thomas Hawkridge (20), Rowan Kenny (21), Mitchell Lax (24), Antonia Oakley (21) and Christopher O’Grady (22) also gained OAL's OFQUAL-regulated Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations, broadly equivalent to A Levels, as an integral part of their apprenticeship journey.
Commenting on the achievement, Justine Fosh, group chief executive for OAL and the recognised skills body for the UK, the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD), said: "This achievement is all the more notable in signaling the first fruits of food and drink manufacturing's drive to shape the apprenticeship reform agenda around the industry's true needs with the focus being very much on quality.
"Supported by the Academy, food and drink manufacturing was quick off the mark in collaborating to revise core industry apprenticeship standards and ensure their combined alignment with the spread of knowledge and skills businesses really want. Premier Foods was among the first to pioneer use of the resulting apprenticeships — getting on board with this first pilot group just before the Apprenticeship Levy was actually introduced.”
OAL has now incorporated an EPA Experience Day into its information support available for businesses with Level 3 apprenticeships nearing completion.
Premier Foods currently has 80 apprenticeships underway across various areas of its business. The two-year Level 3 training programme for the Advanced Operator Apprenticeship was delivered by specialist training company CQM Training & Consultancy Ltd who have been on the NSAFD's register of industry-approved training providers for over 10 years.

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