Companies who employ those who have done an apprenticeship could really land a great skilled worker, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has commented.

According to British Baker Magazine, Angela Coleshill, director of employment and skills at FDF, said: “Skills are the driving force to a successful industry. Growing our talent pool with apprenticeships is a key priority for food and drink manufacturers. Companies who employ apprentices gain a valuable staff member with the talent to make a difference to the business.”

Her comment was in response to the Condition of Britain Briefing 2: Growing Up and Becoming an Adult report by the Institute for Public Policy Research. The report showed that apprenticeships could be of better value than college courses, which were found to be a “dead end” for some students.

This comes after news that the FDF and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will work together to improve the standard of apprenticeships, reports fdf.org.uk. The so-called Trailblazer initiative will hopefully build on the success of FDF’s apprenticeship pledge, which saw the number of schemes available quadruple in England and Scotland last year.

BIS skills minister, Matthew Hancock, was very pleased that the food and drinks industry had chosen to become a part of the initiative and said that the new apprenticeships would help Britain compete with the rest of the world.

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