A revamped bakery apprenticeship pathway is in the pipeline, as part of an overhaul of apprenticeships offered in the food and drink industry, with a £2.2m funding pot available to cover the full costs of training.

As the government’s funding focus shifts to apprenticeships, grants can be accessed through National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSA) training provi-ders for employees of any age taking an Advanced Appren-ticeship (Level 3); these will be available from 6 April.

Food and drink skills council Improve and the NSA have developed new Improve Proficiency Apprenticeships in collaboration with employers. These replace the need to complete an NVQ and a Technical Certificate, with a single Improve Proficiency Qualification (IPQ)aimed at offering greater flexi-bility and over 1,000 learning units to choose from. Apprentices will also have the option to take ’enhanced’ apprenticeships, offering more in-depth learning through additional qualifications.