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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’

What’s different about the Trailblazer Apprenticeships?

Developed by employers for employers 

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

Government funding for apprenticeships is being put in the hands of employers

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.

Apprentices will need to prove their skills at end point tests

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

Different levels of Apprenticeships to suit different business needs

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.


‘Our businesses can only grow and compete on the world stage if they have the right people, with the right skills’

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP
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‘The best way of learning about anything is by doing’

Sir Richard Branson
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How could my business benefit from taking on an apprentice?

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

  • 80% of companies who invest in apprentices find their employees stay with them longer
  • Over ¾ say that apprentices make their business more productive
  • 83% count on apprentices as they will be the skilled workers they need for the future
  • 77% believe that apprentices make their business more competitive
  • 92% of those employing apprentices feel they now have a more motivated and satisfied workforce

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.