Skills Gap

Rising talent in the meat industry was celebrated at the Institute of Meat/Worshipful Company of Butchers prize-giving ceremony

Meat industry celebrated at prize-giving ceremony

By Aidan Fortune

The Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) have recognised the achievements of apprentices, employers and training providers at their annual prize-giving event.

An extension of SK Chilled Foods' South Bank site means the business is hiring more staff

SK Chilled Foods in recruitment drive

By Aidan Fortune

Chilled food manufacturer SK Chilled Foods is to create 30 new roles at its South Bank and Riverside sites in Middlesbrough.

Labour shortages could push manufacturers to look to automation to fill the skills gap

Business Leaders' Forum

Labour shortages create opportunity

By James Ridler

The shrinking EU labour pool threatened by Brexit could pose opportunities for food manufacturers to look at automation and other cost-saving methods to fill the skills gap, according to law firm DWF’s head of food Dominic Watkins.

Last year’s winning team were from the University of Nottingham

Ecotrophelia UK 2019 offers £2,000 to winners

By Rod Addy

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) and food and drink research organisation Campden BRI are urging UK food science and technology students to take part in this year’s Ecotrophelia UK competition.

Changes to vet re-validation requirements have been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association

Veterinarian system overhaul welcomed

By Aidan Fortune

Plans to change the training and re-validation systems for Official Veterinarians (OVs) have been largely welcomed by the industry.

Apprentice Julie Beales and site leader Les Croydon share their experiences with Symington’s


Meet the apprentice: Symington’s

By James Ridler

Symington’s has opened up opportunities for its staff to develop through its apprenticeship scheme. Here, apprentice Julie Beales and site leader Les Croydon break down the positive effect the scheme has had on themselves and the business.

The Kensey Foods site set to close in July manufactures premium desserts

Job losses as Kensey Foods closes

By Aidan Fortune

More than 600 jobs are to be lost with the closure of desserts manufacturer Kensey Foods in Launceston, Cornwall.

Mallinson: More work needs to be done to inspire the next generation of food and drink sector staff


Why we need to inspire the next generation

By James Ridler

David Mallinson, engineering director at Lorien Engineering Solutions, has called on the food and drink industry to inspire the next generation of workers.

The Government's immigration strategy threatens to cut access to labour, warned the FDF

New immigration rules threaten food labour

By James Ridler

New immigration controls proposed by the Government to encourage the flow of skilled workers into the country threaten to hike up hiring prices and cut access to labour, according to members of the food and drink industry.

Food packaging firm’s graduate scheme grows opportunities

Tetra Pak graduate scheme grows opportunities

By James Ridler

Growing new talent can create opportunities for both staff and the company, according to a member of processing and packaging giant Tetra Pak’s graduate programme.

Wagstaff: ‘We all need to invest in developing knowledge and skills to deliver the innovation that companies will need to demonstrate in the current business environment’


How to equip yourself to tackle the ‘B’ word

By Carol Wagstaff

Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership at the University of Reading Carol Wagstaff argues the importance of training in helping food and drink firms ride the waves of Brexit.

Hawkesley: ‘We are increasingly advising our employer partners to resolve skills shortages with apprenticeship training’


Upskill existing staff to overcome shortages

By Fiona Hawkesley

Skills shortages in food manufacturing are an increasing problem. With a large proportion of the industry’s workforce coming from outside the UK, Brexit will inevitably trigger a skills crisis.

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