How we can help employers

Being an employer in the food industry today is a tough job. Organising training or taking on an apprentice can seem like hard work. Yet it’s a must if you want to stay ahead of the competition. Here’s how we can help

Connect employers with registered training providers

Our experience in vocational education makes us pretty good judges of skills training centres. We also like to get to know apprenticeship training providers personally. This means we can match up your staff with the food training courses that teach the particular food skills you need your people to have.

Provide an end to end apprenticeship service

Taking on an apprentice isn’t difficult but there are processes to follow. Having led the design and delivery of two Trailblazer Apprenticeships already we’re in a good place to help. We can steer you through everything from understanding government funding for apprenticeships to finding the best food qualifications for your workforce.

Organise tailored food training programmes

Your business is unique. Sometimes that means ‘off the shelf’ training programmes can’t deliver exactly what you need. If that’s the case we can provide the resource to work closely with your company on a consultancy basis. We’ll help you plan bespoke food training courses for your workforce and explore any government funding that might be available. We’ll also ensure you are getting the best out of the Apprentice Levy, advise on supporting food qualifications, apprenticeship training providers and much more.

Support industry groups in the development of new food apprenticeship Standards

Having already delivered two Butchery Apprenticeships to final government approval stage we’re confident that we could replicate this with other food industry groups. Trailblazer apprenticeships are at the very heart of the government reformation of vocational skills. With hundreds in development why not let us help you ensure your Standard submission is compliant and likely to be approved?

Assist with funding bids for European or regional tenders

Food is a transnational operation and ftc are at the forefront of European projects such as Erasmus+ that offer businesses both here and overseas the opportunity to submit tenders for apprenticeships initiatives. If you have an overseas element to your business and you employ food apprentices there are projects that you may wish to access. Ftc can help facilitate this via our role within the European Apprenticeship Alliance. For more information, get in touch


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How we can help Apprentice Training Providers

With over 4000 training providers in the UK now it can be a complex market for employers to understand or to find the food training specialists. Trailblazer Apprenticeships present great opportunities for providers, as all require formal training, focused on documented standards. But with government funding for apprenticeships being given directly to employers, the quality of your food training needs to be second to none if your company is to compete in the new commercial environment.

Having worked closely with employers in the design of the Butchery Trailblazer Apprenticeships we’ve gained a unique perspective on what employers are looking for in an apprenticeship – and therefore what apprenticeship training providers need to offer.

As well as sharing that with you we can also:

  • Provide up to date information on apprenticeships, new Standards being developed and funding for apprenticeships, including the Apprentice Levy
  • Devise delivery and funding models that simplify the ‘offer’ and attract new business
  • Help you get started in delivering Butchery Apprenticeships
  • Connect you to employers interested in food apprenticeships

To find out more about how the changes in apprenticeships can benefit your business, whether you’re a training provider or an employer – contact us

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