Whether you’re looking to increase productivity and profit by upskilling your existing workforce, or would prefer to recruit fresh talent externally, there’s a wealth of support readily available – Apprenticeship Levy funds to support you financially (including for non-Levy payers), and BTC on hand to take you through the process step by step.
BTC has a long history of training for the food and drink industry at both its Cannington and Taunton Campuses and has most recently achieved accreditation from the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) for their food and drink-specific Apprenticeship provision and delivery to the industry.
The NSAFD exists to provide businesses across the UK’s food and drink manufacturing and processing industry with a single source of access to leading edge workforce training, vocational study and skill upgrades, designed to boost productivity, innovation, profitability and growth. The academy works closely with a range of key industry stakeholders, supporters and partners in delivering their mission of making the food and drink industry in the UK the best in the world, and BTC are extremely proud to have been chosen to be a part of this.
Our superb facilities include the Quantock Restaurant which, following a £1m refurbishment, comprises an outstanding training facility within a full-scale restaurant and commercial kitchen. The restaurant opens to the public all year round, enabling learners to apply their knowledge in a live setting and to acquire teamwork and customer service skills. Through its passion for excellence, BTC has established fantastic links with leading chefs regionally and nationally, resulting in prestigious industry placements for students at locations such as The Castle Hotel in Taunton, The Luttrell Arms in Dunster, The Hand & Flowers in Marlow and The Coach House at Kentisbury Grange. It also regularly hosts masterclasses and guest chef evenings.
Meet the Team
Apprenticeship Recruitment Advisor – Emma Horgan
Business Development & Sales Advisor – Sonia Harney
Curriculum Manager – Tracy Clements
Team Leader (Specialist Trainer/Assessor) – Daniel Ferguson-Mullings
Specialist Trainer/Assessor – Dale Sargission, Jacqueline Hitchcott, Matt Bunn, Stephen Hill
How else can we help?
Although your business may belong primarily to the food and drink sector, that’s unlikely to be its sole focus – you’ll probably have machinery that needs regular maintenance or repair and staff that need looking after, as well as an accounts department, a delivery function, marketing, general admin, customer service – the list is endless.
Increasing the productivity and efficiency of any of these areas could have a really positive impact on profitability, and an Apprenticeship programme is a really cost-effective way of doing that. Click here to find out more about other Apprenticeships that could benefit your business.
We offer a variety of different training solutions to support you with your business and our team will tailor your training requirements to your business needs.