The food industry should help set job performance standards and bring qualification learning up-to-date to battle the skills gap it faces, according to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD).
Greater co-ordination is needed between government and the food and drink industry to bring together various training schemes and initiatives on offer and raise the numbers of apprentices in the sector, a leading automation specialist has claimed.
The government has increased support for a skills strategy proposed by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) that will initially see food science become a priority area for apprenticeships.
Two key achievements of National Apprenticeship Week were to foster industry co-operation on the campaign to attract more youngsters and to focus the government’s attention on the sector, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Food and drink manufacturers should send teenage apprentices into schools to inspire youngsters to choose the right qualifications to launch a career in the industry, as part of a new approach to careers advice, says George Eustice, food and farming minister.
Recent food and drink sector apprenticeship figures have shown about 3,500 apprentices starting a programme each year for the past two years; this is a good build on previous years, where figures hovered around 500 – 1,000.