Tasty training on offer in the North

Posted on 30 Nov 2009 by The Manufacturer

The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing and Manchester Metropolitan University have launched a new leadership and management training programme for food and drink SMEs manufacturers.

The Higher Level Skills Pathfinder project has funding from the North West Universities Association. Initially it will operate in the north-west of England but will eventually be rolled out across the country.

Employers interested in taking part in the project are being asked to get in touch with the National Skills Academy.

Clare Keegan, business development manager at the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing, explained: “These courses will appeal to company owners who want to enhance their business strategies when managing issues like product and process innovation, new technologies and environmental awareness. The courses will also look at developing commercial skills, in order to tap into new markets, as well as food science and technology skills. Training programmes will be developed with industry so that they are relevant and responsive to the needs of smaller food and drink businesses.

“Whether it’s a business which is experiencing problems because of the tough economic climate, one which is looking to expand and delve into new markets or one which simply feels the need to upskill its staff, we want to hear from owners and managers about their issues so that we can ensure their needs are fully embedded into the programme.”

North West food and drink manufacturers that want to be involved should contact Clare Keegan via email at [email protected].