NVQ and SVQ qualifications for the food and drink industry are being replaced by an umbrella title: N/SVQ Food Manufacture.

The change follows a two-year consultation period by Improve, the food & drink sector skills council, and will become effective in the spring of 2007. At Levels 2 and 3, the qualification can be extended to recognise achievement in a sub-sector, such as bakery.

Improve said the qualification will benefit employers because it works with all sectors of the food and drink industry, giving individuals an industry-wide qualification but enabling specialisation.