Speaking to FoodManufacture.co.uk in this exclusive podcast, Edwards said individual dairy companies lacked the resources to supply enough skilled people into their own businesses.
However, working together under the Eden project at Reaseheath College in Nantwich has allowed companies such as Arla, Dairy Crest and Müller Dairy to pool resources to train people efficiently.
“For many years the industry didn’t articulate what it wanted and relied on a stream of people coming from the college system,” Edwards said.
“Industry wasn’t brought into the education side and therefore education went off in one direction and industry in the other and then there was a gulf.”
Listen to Edwards in this podcast to learn more about the Eden project and the 144 students that have trained at £7.5M facility based at Reaseheath.
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