A Gloucestershire training provider is aiming to help alleviate a shortage in industry talent after being appointed as a Centre of Excellence for apprenticeship delivery in the food and drink sector.
Gloucestershire Engineering Training (GET) is now calling on employers in the catering industry to get involved in creating programmes that will develop the next generation of engineers for the food and drink sector.
CEO Linsey Temple said that being awarded the Centre of Excellence status has channelled its offering in the sector and it is now adding further resources to its operation.
“The majority of the training is already on offer at GET. However, what will be required is a specific area to replicate a typical work environment in the food and drink sector,” she explained. “The idea is to convert a classroom or two into a mini food production or packaging area with different access control arrangements and separate sets of personal protective equipment, tools and equipment.”
GET hopes employers in the food and drink sector will respond to its rallying call, and come forward to share in the development of new apprenticeship programmes.
“GET’s structure and ethos is very much based on employer support and direction and, to ensure these programmes truly represent the needs and demands of employers, they need [the industry’s] support to develop them.”
The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink is behind the initiative to empower training providers with the capabilities and resources to deliver new standards set to be introduced in 2017.
It is developing a small number of Centres of Excellence, specialising in food and drink provision, throughout the whole of the UK so that tailor-made provision is available for employers when the new standards go live.