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Food and drink manufacturing sector must 'look at skills and training'

Published: Tuesday, 31 May 2011   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

The food and drink manufacturing sector should engage more with schools and universities in order to plug its skills and training gap, according to industry website FoodManufacture.co.uk.

In upping this training, more graduate roles could be created in the sector as university students are told how to get jobs.

The latest UK Food Chain Report, authored by the food and drink sector skills council Improve alongside the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), stated that more investment and the right skills will be crucial to keeping the UK industry competitive.

"Looking at skills and training there needs to be further investment, especially in looking at things like apprenticeships that will help quite a lot of food manufacturers address their skills deficits," said Freddy Dawson, assistant editor of FoodManufacture.co.uk.

"A lot of them [are] finding positions hard to fill - one way they can do this is by using apprenticeships and interacting more with schools, universities and so forth."

Mr Dawson agreed there is a prevailing perception that the food manufacturing industry is mainly composed of unskilled workers.

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