Training in the SME sector of the food and drink manufacturing industries

Davies, John; Ryan, Mike
March 2005
Management Services;Spring2005, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p38
Academic Journal
This article offers a look at the relevance and effectiveness of national vocational qualifications (NVQ) schemes. Training is a specialized function and employees should learn the specified operating procedure for a job and not just another worker's version. The benefits to be gained by both employees and their employers from a properly designed training and development programme are difficult to overestimate. There is a great advantage to the employer to have skills available and to make effective use of trained staff. However, NVQ are established in a range of sectors including business administration, engineering, hairdressing, retailing and the food and drinks industries. All NVQ within a sector are based on the same occupational standards. Several different awarding bodies can offer the qualification and often suggest different routes for learning and assessment. Standards are set by the Sector Skills Councils, formally National Training Organisations, in each industry, in association with employers and training organizations. Training is likely to be a combination of learning on the job and attending training courses. Assessment is undertaken most frequently on the job. There are five levels of NVQ ranging from 1, which relates to basic skills, to 5 that covers management. INSETS: Butt Foods;William Barrowcliffe & Sons Ltd.


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