Skills Gap

Dropping A level food technology could have serious consequences for the industry

Food bosses backlash over DfE’s A level ditch

By Nicholas Robinson

Food and drink industry leaders have slammed government proposals to ditch food technology at A level, claiming it could seriously damage the sector, while Twitter erupted in a storm of support to keep the qualification.

The National Living Wage could cause havoc across the UK's food and drink industry

Food and drink ‘havoc’ after minimum wage rise

By Nicholas Robinson

Implementing the National Living Wage could wreak havoc across the UK’s food and drink industry, the credit rating agency Moody’s warned before several major UK manufacturers raised their concerns.

Apprenticeships are a key means of plugging the skills gap

Food industry apprenticeships vital for growth

By Michael Stones

Apprentices are vital to plug the food industry skills gap, says the Food and Drink Federation, while the Confederation of British Industry has slammed the government's latest apprenticeship plans.

The top award - Food Manufacture Company of the Year - was scooped by Dawn Meats last year. Could your firm win too?

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars: still time to win

By Michael Stones

There’s still time to win a shiny, new food and drink manufacturing Oscar look for your boardroom. Here’s your opportunity to join firms such as Premier Foods, Coca­Cola Enterprises and Finsbury Food Group by winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award...

The Budget delivered bonuses and brickbats for the food and drink manufacturing industry, said industry groups

Budget 2015

The Budget: what it means for your business

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers will find points to praise and areas of disappointment in the chancellor George Osborne’s summer Budget – which he lauded as “a new contract with the nation”, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

How would a Food Manufacture Oscar look in your boardroom?

Win a Food Manufacture Oscar for your boardroom

By Michael Stones

How would a shiny food and drink manufacturing Oscar look in your boardroom? Here’s the opportunity to find out by entering the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Ayesha Khan with Jo Cranston from the Department of Work and Pensions

2 Sisters goes speed dating for recruits

By Michael Stones

2 Sisters Food Group has joined other food firms at a speed networking event to help launch this year’s grocery think tank IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future ‘Skills for work’ month.

Food manufacturers have set their wish list for Osborne's Budget

Budget 2015

Food firms to Osborne: ‘give us dedicated strategy’

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers have called on Chancellor of the Exchequer to set a “dedicated competitiveness strategy” for food and drink to help them tackle challenges around innovation, health and skills in today’s Budget.

Up to 10,000 new jobs will be created: DEFRA boss

Food industry to gain 10,000 new jobs

By Michael Stones

More than 10,000 new food industry jobs and millions of pounds of new investment will be created by the government-backed Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs), claims environment secretary Elizabeth Truss.

Justine Fosh is the chief executive of the National Skills Academy

Training boost for food manufacture

By Nicholas Robinson

Food and drink manufacturers short on skilled workers will receive a boost in support after the dairy industry announced its successful Eden Project training scheme would be accessible to all sectors.

Bakery skills bonus: Susan Gravill, John Emes, md, Adrian Barnard, bakery manager, and Sharon Callaghan sales manager

Bakery profits on rise after skills training

By Michael Stones

A Yorkshire bakery has boosted profits by lifting output, cutting waste and improving communication between teams, after implementing a skills training programme.

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