Scottish Bakers set to support record number of apprenticeships in 2021-22

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NFDT courses are designed to help the industry become more competitive by developing the skills and knowledge of its workforce. Pic: GettyImages/Wavebreakmedia
NFDT courses are designed to help the industry become more competitive by developing the skills and knowledge of its workforce. Pic: GettyImages/Wavebreakmedia

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Scottish Bakers’ specialist training arm – National Food and Drink Training (NFDT) – has renewed its contract with Skills Development Scotland (SDS), which will enable it to register 481 apprentices during 2021-22.

The association’s contract with SDS will provide its members who sign up apprentices with access to training and career development from NFDT’s team of specialist trainers.

“This means that government support continues to be available to train new recruits and upskill existing staff,”​ said Alasdair Smith, CEO of Scottish Bakers and NFDT.

“The past 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.”  

Become more competitive

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 food and drink sector throughout the UK. Courses are designed to help the 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.

All of NFDT’s trainers are experienced bakers or practitioners in manufacturing and retail operations, helping businesses 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 Training & 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 & manufacturing, dairy, seafood & sea fish, whisky and soft drinks sectors.”

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