Skills Gap

A team from University of Reading scooped the silver prize in 2017

Food science and tech awards Ecotrophelia launched

By Rod Addy

The quest for trailblazing food science and technology students is underway, with the launch of the annual Ecotrophelia awards, backed by Campden BRI and the Institute of Food Science & Technology.

Automation could lead to a loss of 3.6M jobs in the UK by 2030, claimed Centre for Cities

Automation could put ‘3.6M UK jobs at risk’

By James Ridler

Automation could threaten up to 3.6M jobs in Britain by 2030, with warehousing forecast to be one of the worst-hit sectors, according to analyst Centre for Cities.

Farm and food factory businesses are struggling to find enough workers

Report flags up industry labour shortage

By Michelle Perrett

The majority (70%) of food and beverage manufacturing companies are struggling or in crisis with regard to the supply of low and unskilled workers, a survey by the Association of Labour Providers (ALP) has revealed.

A weak pound has hit manufacturers' profits, despite strong export sales

CBI: Weak pound hits manufacturers’ profits as exports rise

By James Ridler

The weakness of the pound has hit food manufacturers’ profits, despite a rise in export orders over the past three months, according to the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) latest quarterly Industrial Trends Survey.

Food firms have been advised to promote from within their organisations

Promote from within, food and drink firms advised

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers should focus more on developing their existing workforces rather than sourcing staff externally to combat the skills shortages they face within the industry, an expert in the field has claimed.

Some butchery skills – such as deboning carcasses – are more difficult to automate than others

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Food processors seek efficient and hygienic kit

By Alyson Magee

Processors want equipment that is efficient and hygienic, and a reduction
in manual handling. But they also need sustainability, says Alyson Magee.

A lack of diversity could be fuelling a recruitment shortage in the engineering and technical industry, claims the IET

Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘must tackle skills gap’

By James Ridler

The government’s new Industrial Strategy will work only if it tackles the skills gap, claims the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), after it published a report that found a lack of diversity in the engineering and technical workforce could...

Lord Jones: Business, including food firms, should do more to persuade the government to ‘mend broken social systems’

Business ‘must help mend broken state’

By Rick Pendrous

Britain’s business community – including the food and drink sector – needs to play a bigger role in getting government to reform the UK’s broken social systems, according to Lord Digby Jones, former director general of the Confederation of British Industry...

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