Skills Gap

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

Feature analysis

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...

Weetabix ceo Giles Turrell is backing tommorrow’s third Leadership Symposium

Weetabix boss backs Leadership Symposium

By Mike Stones

Weetabix ceo Giles Turrell is backing the third Leadership Symposium – which takes place tomorrow (November 28) at Rothamsted Research Centre – as a place to update food and drink industry leadership skills.

Kodi Gledhill, from Coca-Cola European Partners, recieved the Young Talent award from FoodManJob’s Alix Hunter and awards host Matt Dawson

FMEAS 2017

Coca-Cola youngster adds fizz with manufacturing Oscar win

By Mike Stones

Kodi Gledhill, a youngster from Coca-Cola European Partners, has won the prestigious Young Talent of the Year Award in the food and drink manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards – at The Hilton on Park Lane in London last...

There as a surprising number of high quality female entries for the young talent category in this year’s FMEAs

FMEAs 2017

Female FMEA entrants’ quality ‘surprising and encouraging’

By James Ridler

The high quality of women entering the Young talent of the year category at this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) proved campaigns promoting the food and drink industry to females were working, claimed Appetite Learning’s commercial director...

Catherine Young’s space-themed entry, named ‘Rocket Fuel’

Teenager engineers prize with Cadbury chocolate

By Michelle Perrett

A British teenager has won the right to see her chocolate bar invention being brought to life in Bournville, the home of Cadbury at the Mondelēz International Global Chocolate Centre of Excellence.

Food manufacturers’ training programmes are a key factor in staff retention strategies: Alex Bebbington

FMEAS

Training programmes ‘are a key part of staff retention’

By Mike Stones

Food manufacturers’ training programmes are a key means of staff retention, particularly for young people, says Alex Bebbington, Appetite Learning’s commercial director and judge of this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

FDF boss Ian Wright sought reassurances from the government over whether EU migrants could remain after Brexit

FDF boss calls for reassurance on EU migrant workers

By James Ridler

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has repeated calls for the government to confirm whether EU workers will be allowed to remain after Brexit, following the fifth round of Brexit talks in Brussels.

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