English apprenticeships are changing – for the better. As a result of government reforms the old SASE frameworks are being phased out in favour of a new style of apprenticeship standards, known as ‘Trailblazer Apprenticeships’. It is hoped that by the end of 2017 the changes to apprenticeships will be complete and all new apprenticeships will be on one of the new Standards.
What’s different about the Trailblazer Apprenticeships?
The apprenticeships are based on Standards designed by employer groups. This means employers in the food industry can ensure that apprenticeship training develops the food skills, knowledge and behaviours employees need to do their job better
This means employers now have the freedom to choose their own apprenticeship training providers. What’s more, they also have the flexibility to negotiate apprenticeship training costs and details with a provider or even deliver their own food training.
Trailblazer Apprenticeships have raised the bar on the standards of food skills training. The programmes are challenging, often requiring the apprentice to achieve supporting food qualifications and always rigorously examined by an independent end point assessor
Apprenticeships provide more than simply basic training in an occupation. There are now higher level apprenticeships, meaning that businesses can take on apprentices from an Intermediate Level (Level 2) right up to a Degree Level (Level 6-7) depending on the nature of the skills required. Also apprenticeships are now graded, which further motivates apprentices to work hard and reach for the top grades.
Employing an apprentice within the food industry can be good for your business in a whole host of ways.
Apprenticeships not only bring young, professionally trained and qualified people into your company but can also be a cost-effective way of up-skilling existing staff. Add to that the halo effect of having employees motivated by their apprenticeship training – and those new skills can end up being cascaded throughout the business. Better skills combined with increased confidence and motivation are all vital ingredients for business growth.
What do employers think?
According to data compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service, industry research amongst employers revealed that
Interested in taking on an apprentice? Contact us for helpful advice on what the changes to apprenticeships will mean for you – from government funding for apprenticeships to end point assessments.