Food firms can influence training programme

Posted on 7 Sep 2010 by The Manufacturer

Food and drink manufacturers are being asked to come forward with their requirements for a new training programme which will be used to recruit more young people into the industry.

Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, is inviting manufacturers to help it develop the Food and Drink Sector Routeway Training Programme,

The training programmes will run for two or eight weeks and will be funded through the Young Person’s Guarantee – government’s scheme which guarantees training or employment for 18 to 24-year-olds who have been unemployed for six months or more.

Justine Fosh, director of skills solutions for Improve and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing, said the programme is aimed at tackling the problem of an ageing workforce that will lose many members to retirement over this coming decade and will not be replaced through current new employment rates.

“We will be developing high-quality training aimed at preparing (young people) for long-term employment and fulfilling the skills needs of the companies they work for.”

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