In the late 1980s, nabim developed a craft skills certificate in flour milling, to recognise the skills of good practical millers and to encourage training to produce those skills. The scheme, reviewed and modified in the mid 1990s and again in 2003, comprised three modules: Silo, Mill, and Finished Products. Questions and practical tests checked essential abilities, knowledge and understanding. Administration of the scheme first lay with nabim and then moved to be largely the responsibility of individual companies.
Over the last few years, nabim has worked with Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, to develop occupational standards and Level 2 and 3 proficiency qualifications in milling, the latter offered by the awarding organisation FDQ. More information can be found at http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Unit/Qualifications?referenceNumber=H_601_4518.
In 2014, nabim undertook a review of member companies’ training needs and policies to consider how best to provide for the future maintenance and improvement of milling skills and understanding. The findings of the review showed clearly that member companies were most interested in, not new qualifications, but new sector-specific training resources which they could utilise within their own training programmes. Training videos are one example of such a resource; and an e-learning training resource on the mill flow will be launched during 2016.