AS the nation slowly begins to emerge from restrictions brought about by COVID, and thoughts turn to economic recovery, Scottish Bakers’ specialist training arm, National Food and Drink Training (NFDT), is delighted to confirm it has received a new contract from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) which will enable the business to register a record 481 apprentices during 2021-22.
Says Alasdair Smith, chief executive of Scottish Bakers and NFDT: “This means that government support continues to be available to train new recruits and upskill existing staff.
“The last 12 months have been difficult for the employers we work with and for us, but we have high hopes that many food and drink manufacturing businesses will be looking at skills development as one of the ways in which they can rebuild after so many months of hardship, and it is great to know we have the confirmed capacity to help them do just that.”
This re-newed contract will provide those businesses who sign up apprentices with access to high-quality training and career development, delivered by NFDT’s team of specialist food and drink training advisers.
All advisers are experienced bakers or practitioners in manufacturing and retail operations and bring expert knowledge and skills to the businesses and apprentices they work with, helping the food and drink industry become more competitive and sustainable by developing the skills and knowledge of its workforce. They are supported by a wide range of support materials, including an online food and drink training academy.
“We are incredibly proud of the high quality training we deliver to the food and drink industry,” said NFDT’s Yraining & Quality manager, Scott Anderson. “We are regularly audited by the various qualification bodies that we work with which allows as to maintain our high standards, and regularly exceed average completion rates for our programmes.
“We work with a diverse range of businesses from the smallest craft baker to large manufacturing businesses in baking and beyond into the food processing and manufacturing, dairy, seafood and sea fish, whisky and soft drinks sectors.”
As the economy emerges from this latest and, hopefully, last lockdown, Scottish Bakers and NFDT is looking forward to the new financial year, grateful for the resilience, commitment and dedication of its team of trainers who can’t wait to get back to full capacity as soon as possible.
Full information on the available programmes at nfdt.org or call 01383 661555.
Notes for editors
Scottish Bakers has been supporting and protecting the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade for over 125 years.
Scottish Bakers’ core purpose is to promote and protect the interests of the trade; representing, advising and supporting all aspects of Scotland’s baking industry, to ensure it remains competitive and equipped for growth.
It does this by providing the widest possible range of benefits that help its members sustain and grow their businesses including: skills development, technical information and assistance, competitions, sector intelligence, legal advice, financial discounts, and social and business networking.
Scottish Bakers manages both The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards and The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards each year to recognise and celebrate excellence in the sector.
But, most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members. It is there for their benefit and is proud of its motto, ‘for the good of all’.
NFDT has over 20 years’ experience in the delivery of work-based learning.
NFDT was created in April 2015 with the aim of widening the scope of Scottish Bakers’ training arm to offer workplace training solutions for the whole food and drink sector throughout the UK.
NFDT courses are designed to help the food and drink industry become more competitive and sustainable by developing the skills and knowledge of its workforce. They are supported by a wide range of support materials, including an online food and drink training academy.
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