Under new flexibilities introduced by the English Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), Scottish Bakers through its dedicated training arm, National Food and Drink Training (NFDT), is delighted to confirm it can now deliver funded Apprenticeship Standards to smaller, non-levy craft bakery businesses as well as larger, apprenticeship-levy paying manufacturers across England.
Scottish Bakers/NFDT has many years of experience supporting workplace delivery of apprenticeships across the UK, and is a registered Training Provider listed on the Register Of Apprenticeship Training Providers (ROATP). It works with FDQ to provide the mandatory "End Point Assessment (EPA)".
NFDT is now reaching out to the trade to establish interest from the sector in its current offer of:
Funding for non-levy paying employers can now be accessed via a Government Apprenticeship Service Account. Through this portal, funding can be reserved for up to 10 apprentices per employer for the remainder of this financial year.
There is a 5% contribution of the cost to be paid directly from the employer to NFDT.
What's more, employers who hire a new apprentice between now and 31 January 2021 will receive an additional incentive payment of £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24, or £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over.
Scott Anderson, NFDT's Training and Quality Manager said, "Time and time again we've seen how workplace apprenticeships help businesses to improve the skills of their workforce, deliver better efficiency and productivity and reduce wastage."
Chief Executive, Alasdair Smith, said, "At such a challenging time for the industry, apprenticeships are an invaluable aid to businesses seeking pathways to recovery as this pandemic continues."
Karen Dear, Director of Operations at the CBA, said, "Apprenticeships have always been part of the bakery landscape and the preservation and passing on of vital craft skills is something we would encourage all our members to explore."
Employers looking for more information should get in touch with NFDT directly.
National Food and Drink Training (NFDT) was established in 2015 as a rebrand of Scottish Bakers training provision. This was a direct result of the strengthening of its portfolio to include lean manufacturing techniques and the delivery of the new Food Manufacturing Excellence (FME) qualifications.
National Food & Drink Training
c/o Scottish Bakers
Unit 2, Halbeath Interchange Business Park
01383 661 555