22 May 2012
Food industry on target to meet pledge to double apprenticeships
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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) 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 in the first six months of the pledge has
reached 1,654 – nearly 50% of our overall target of 3,400! Apprenticeships
up during this period cover a wide range of disciplines, from
roles such as new product development and engineering, to commercial functions
such as finance and human resources.
Launched last year, FDF's 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.
To raise awareness of the benefits of running apprenticeships, FDF and its
partners are running a series of roadshows across the country for food and
businesses. The next Apprenticeship Roadshow will take place in Preston on 5
Further details on this event.
FDF Director of Competitiveness, 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
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.”
Note to Editors:
- The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink
manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. For more
about FDF and the industry we represent visit: www.fdf.org.uk
- Full details of FDF's Apprenticeship Pledge.
- Registration details: How Apprenticeships can deliver for your business.
- Further information about FDF's careers campaign and skills work: Taste Success – A Future in Food.
FDF press Team
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Rebecca Wilhelm or 020 7420 7140 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Avni Raval or 020 7420 7131 - Avni.Raval@fdf.org.uk
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