Conference to Introduce New Government Programme Coming Soon Concerning the Food and Drink Industry

11th March 2011

On March 23, a free to the public conference organised by Improve, the Food and Drink Skills council, together with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Federation will be held in Westminster at the Business Innovation and Skills Conference Centre.

The event will offer a platform to discuss careers, training and skill development. Other reviewable issues such as how to implement lean manufacturing, job productivity, food security and sustainability are on the agenda.

The government scheme by The Joint Investment Programme has secured £2.2 million specifically designed to support economic career growth and job training for the food and drink service industries. It will fund up to half of the training costs associated with Improve Proficiency Qualifications and Apprenticeships for Levels 3 and 4.

Skills Solutions Director for Improve, Justine Fosh, along with Derek Williams, Development of Operations will provide presentations on Food Manufacturing Excellence qualification. They intend to show how employers can support continuous and sustainable productivity improvement within this industry.

Also speaking are Angela Coleshill, FDF’s HR Director, John Allison, Assistant Director of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Keivan Zokaei, Head of Operational Research at SA Partners.

Said one FDF spokesperson: “Employers should take advantage of this government programme. Even in this unstable career climate, they should still be able to afford to attract and recruit talent, as well as invest and contribute to the food and drink career industry." – Specialist flat fee recruiters in the UK