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One of our staff members said to me that it is the best course he has done and he feels he can relate what he is doing on a day to day basis to what he is being asked on his coursework, which makes the learning process enjoyable for him. Our staff have gained in confidence and work knowledge and feel valued by their company. I would most definitely recommend NFDT to other companies because I found our advisor was very easy to work with. He immediately made people feel at ease and was very encouraging and patient with his attitude.

Cobbs Bakery, Inverness

Border Biscuits have been undertaking the MA programme since 2013, with 51% of our workforce now in receipt of a level 2 or 3 qualification. This is an integral part of the Company’s ongoing development plan and values. We see the MA programme as an opportunity to increase staff’s awareness of why they do the job they do and the impact their role has on quality and the consumer as well as increased motivation, team working and confidence. We actively encourage and support our people to achieve excellence through professional & personal development.   We aim to have all our Team Leaders & Supervisors qualified up to SVQ Level 3 ensuring a consistency in transferable knowledge and skills and thus promoting continuous improvement. 

Lyndsey Kennedy, Border Biscuits

We identified a need for Dairy Skills qualifications for our Cheesemakers. The training we recieved was entirely on the job and some of our staff had never received any training before. NFDT impressed from the first presentation. They worked with us to tailor a training package which met our needs. They saw the importance of coming on-site and understanding the process, products and people quickly establishing a good relationship with all candidates. The delivery of the modules using an industry expert worked very well and excellent feedback was received from all who attended. This was the first time we had undertaken such a training exercise but NFDT supported us the whole way and helped us overcome any challenges faced.  We are already looking at future opportunities with a view to rolling out the qualification across all of our sites.

Craig Hodgson, Arla Foods Limited

We have had 16 Modern Apprenticeships through various NFDT training courses covering both our factory sites, various departments and across a wide demographic of employees. The feedback regarding NFDT has been excellent and consistent. All apprentices have said the support and guidance recieved is knowledgeable, creditable, helpful and personable. There are a number of people who were very nervous about the Modern Apprenticeship scheme. NFDT squashed their fears and has given them the support and confidence needed to succeed in their qualification as well as a great boost to their self-esteem.   The SVQs have had such a positive impact on the performance and confidence of those involved. Staff are more proactive in their roles and show a greater understanding of what they do as well as what they could do in the future.   I have recommended the modern apprenticeship scheme to many other companies as I can truly say it has had a significant positive impact to our business.  

Lindsey Morrison, Nairns Oatcakes

It has been very worthwhile for us to put our staff through their SVQ training. Not only does it enhance their skills, but it is great to see our people progressing and being proud of what they have achieved. The training took place on site so they were able to learn within their own working environment and that’s so much more beneficial than purely classroom based learning. This qualification was fully funded by Skills Development Scotland and we are very grateful for their support as well as that of Scottish Bakers/NFDT who provided the Training.

Jackie McCreery, Yester Farm Dairies

Teams are more productive and motivated as a result of FME training. 

Cath Boreland, Highland Spring

I really enjoyed doing the Food Sales and Service Skills course and it just proves your never to old to learn.

Carol Gallagher, Nicola's Pantry

Ashers Baking Co has benefitted tremendously from enrolling its apprentice bakers on the IPQ courses provided by NFDT. We now have an enthusiastic and skilled team that can help our company grow and develop.

Daniel, Ashers Baking Co, Northern Ireland

The courses taken by our staff have been delivered in a very professional and supportive way without any interruption to the smooth running of the business. It has proved a very cost effective way of allowing our bakers to gain more knowledge and skills. I am very pleased with the way my staff have improved in confidence and ability and we are keen to progress and train more employees in the future.  

Dorothy, Hazelmere Café and Bakery

Our staff have gained a lot during the last 12 months while completing their level 2 apprenticeships with National Food & Drink Training. The training provided by NFDT has given our staff much more confidence in their work and making daily production decisions. We believe in providing our staff the training needed to grow and develop, so we can progress with well-trained team members.

Seuranie, Rose the Bakers