Apprenticeships are a key part of the FDF’s skills work. The current focus of our work includes requests for short and long-term apprenticeship levy reform report, especially during the critical period of recovery from Covid-19.

  • Extending or removing the 24-month expiry date to levy funds

  • Fund 100% of SME training costs

  • Allow employers to work flexibly with providers on the 20% off-the-job training requirement

  • Commit to a comprehensive consultation on apprenticeships and the levy fund as a step towards creating a more flexible ‘skills levy’.

We aim to improve training provision for our sector through the creation of a national network of providers that works closely with industry that can deliver the diverse and specialist skills needed across all regions of the UK.

The FDF is also working with our members and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink on the creation of a Food and Drink supply chain transfer fund to maximise the use of levy funds across the sector.

Updates & milestones

National Apprenticeship Week Roundtable

Apprenticeships and Qualifications

For National Apprenticeship Week, FDF partnered with Grant Thornton UK LLP in hosting a roundtable exploring how large and small businesses can support each other to increase take-up of apprentices in our industry. We had great representation from across the industry and a lively discussion that saw some exciting ideas that we look forward to implementing.

Some of the main themes that emerged from the conversation included

  • facilitating the sharing of good practice between large and small business to maximise transfer of the levy
  • ideas to move past the unpopular terminology of ‘20% off-the-job’
  • and how we can facilitate better connectivity between employers, schools, providers and colleges. 

We plan to bring these ideas to our FDF forums over the coming months to develop further and continue to ‘Build the Future’ through apprenticeships.  If you are interested in joining these conversations please get in touch with Mark Corbett.

FDF Apprentice of the Year Award

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Ministerial response to the joint food chain letter on food and drink apprenticeships

Update

In response to the joint food chain letter sent by the FDF, NFU, BRC, UKHospitality and the NSAFD to the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson in the summer, FDF’s Director General, Ian Wright, has since received a response from Gillian Keegan MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of Apprenticeships and Skills.

The letter acknowledges the importance of the sector during the pandemic and highlighted the various incentives and flexibilities that have been implemented by Government.

Reponse from Gillian Keegan MP

Joint Food Chain letter to SoS Gavin Williamson on Food and Drink Apprenticeships

Update

The FDF, together with the National Farmers Union (NFU), UKHospitality, the British Retail Consortium and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink sent a joint letter to the Education Secretary that outlines some practical changes to apprenticeships that we believe will help businesses maximise the opportunities that are able to offer.

Apprenticeships have a vital role to play in the UK recovery and we are committed to working with industry and government to ensure they work for both people and industry.

Letter Food and Drink Apprenticeships – Maximising Opportunities for Covid Recovery

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