Media release: Scottish Bakers training arm launches food and drink productivity programme in bite-sized chunks

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NATIONAL Food and Drink Training (NFDT) is a leading provider of vocational training to Scotland’s food and drink manufacturing sector.

As part of long-established trade association, Scottish Bakers, NFDT has been delivering high-quality training and skills programmes for more than 20 years to some of the most recognised food businesses in Scotland.

As a result of much-needed funding from South of Scotland Enterprise, into developing skills for the future, NFDT has announced the launch of BITE-SIZED CHUNKS, a series of ten online learning modules.

The programme provides participants with the skills and means to start productivity improvement processes within their business.

The successful candidates could deliver the following benefits to their employers:

  • Greater productivity and efficiency
  • Less wastage
  • Improved profits/margins
  • More motivated and engaged workforce

The programme covers the fundamentals of Lean Manufacturing Practices and Six Sigma methodology, including using 1 Page DMAIC, to define and measure productivity improvements. The modules are based on the National Occupational Standards for Food Manufacturing Excellence (FME) Qualifications so are directly relevant to on the ground operations, and delivery is by experienced FME practitioners.

Learners can use this programme as the foundation for moving on to a Modern Apprenticeship in Food Manufacturing Excellence delivered by NFDT, with funding from the Scottish Government.

The programme is suitable for food operatives, supervisors and managers working in a food supply chain business. The business will have started, or be about to start, an improvement journey allowing everyone to contribute significantly to the business improvement process, helping to ‘achieve excellence’ as part of their strategy.

Delivery of the content is via ten weekly online sessions, using ZOOM. Participants must be able to get access to a stable online connection to participate in the sessions. Learning materials for each unit will be provided to participants to print out, review and record their progress.

Candidates can enrol here: For more information, please contact: Jim McCormack, senior training advisor. Email: Tel: 07734 022645


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