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Ireland’s Ancient East Food and Drink Guide for Visitor Experiences Launched

    Ireland’s Ancient East Food and Drink Guide for Visitor Experiences Launched

Fáilte Ireland (National Tourism Development Authority) has launched ‘Ireland’s Ancient East – A Guide for Food and Drink Visitor Experiences’ for food businesses who wish to diversify into tourism in Ireland’s Ancient East region. The guide will provide businesses with the tools to help give visitors an unforgettable experience by sharing the great stories of our […]

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Ireland’s First Degree Course in Brewing and Distilling Receives Worldwide Recognition

    Ireland’s First Degree Course in Brewing and Distilling Receives Worldwide Recognition

As Institute of Technology Carlow prepares to welcome the first intake of students on Ireland’s only honours degree course in brewing and distilling, the programme has received a huge endorsement by becoming one of only four in the world to achieve recognition by the prestigious Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD). And Walsh Whiskey Distillery, […]

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Calling Ambitious Innovators Who Want to Shape the Future of the Irish Food and Drink Industry

    Calling Ambitious Innovators Who Want to Shape the Future of the Irish Food and Drink Industry

Bord Bia and Maynooth University have teamed up to offer an industry-first programme which aims to enhance the innovation capabilities within the Irish food, drink and horticultural sector.  The MSc Design Innovation (Food) is currently seeking applications from individuals with a creative flair, a passion for innovation and a genuine ambition to develop a career […]

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Irish Food Companies Encouraged to ‘Think Digital’ and Maximise Online Retail Opportunity

    Irish Food Companies Encouraged to ‘Think Digital’ and Maximise Online Retail Opportunity

Bord Bia has announced a partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute to offer Irish food and drink companies an opportunity to grow and develop their online presence with a view to increasing brand awareness and sales. ‘Think Digital’ is a 6-month digital marketing programme available to all Irish food and drink companies designed specifically to address the […]

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Unite and Pladis in UK Set ‘Gold Standard’ For Apprenticeship Training

    Unite and Pladis in UK Set ‘Gold Standard’ For Apprenticeship Training

Unite, the UK’s largest union, and pladis, the global biscuit and confectionery company behind the iconic McVitie’s brand, have signed an Engineering Apprenticeship Agreement in the UK. The agreement sets the gold standard for apprenticeships and by 2020 the partnership will have enabled close to 50 new apprentices to be recruited into engineering roles at pladis.
This […]

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University College Cork Appoints New Head of Food Business

    University College Cork Appoints New Head of Food Business

University College Cork has named Professor Thia Hennessy as the new Head of the University’s Department of Food Business and Development. The Department, which is part of the Cork University Business School (CUBS), undertakes teaching and research in the subjects of food business and marketing, international development and co-operative studies.
Professor Ciaran Murphy, head of the […]

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Graduate Trainees Taste the Future of Food Manufacturing

    Graduate Trainees Taste the Future of Food Manufacturing

Rising stars of the food industry saw and tasted the future when they visited the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) as part of their graduate development programmes. The graduates, who are currently part of schemes at Marks & Spencer and Bakkavor, visited NCFM for dedicated training days to experience the technologies […]

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Northern Ireland’s Meat Producers Encouraged to Innovate

    Northern Ireland’s Meat Producers Encouraged to Innovate

Innovation was the focus of a recent seminar attended by one hundred representatives from Northern Ireland’s red meat, pork, poultry and fish sectors in Cookstown. Jointly hosted by Invest Northern Ireland and CAFRE, the event, aimed at encouraging innovation for growth, highlighted the support available through Invest NI and the Food Innovation Centre at CAFRE.
John […]

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Landmark New Irish Whiskey Mentoring Programme

    Landmark New Irish Whiskey Mentoring Programme

The Irish Whiskey Association has launched a landmark new mentoring programme, which will bring established global players in the Irish whiskey industry together with new entrants to the market. The aim of this unique new mentoring programme is to ensure that new entrants to the category have access to the information and support they need to […]

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Big Turnout at Teagasc National Beef Conference

    Big Turnout at Teagasc National Beef Conference

Large numbers of beef farms attended the recent Teagasc National Beef Conference. The theme for the conference was putting ‘Practice into Profit’, and speaking at the opening of the conference, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Teagasc through its research, advisory and education programmes will continue to play a huge role in working with farmers […]

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New Video Provides Easy Training For Homogenizer Maintenance

    New Video Provides Easy Training For Homogenizer Maintenance

As part of its investment in comprehensive support services, SPX FLOW has released a new video that provides maintenance personnel with detailed instruction and training on how to inspect and maintain its leading APV Gaulin homogenizers. SPX FLOW’s APV Gaulin range of homogenizers have been proven to offer leading dispersion results across a wide range of […]

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Education is Vital to a Life With Perspective

    Education is Vital to a Life With Perspective

‘Because education matters’ is the motto of Austria’s HAAS, a company which is engaged in supporting a bakery apprentice workshop and helping needy children in Korogocho, a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Irene Kapaun, HAAS Marketing Communication & Public Relations Manager recently visited Nairobi in order to report about the project’s progress.
Streets are […]

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University College Cork Launches a New, Innovative Qualification for the Dairy Industry

    University College Cork Launches a New, Innovative Qualification for the Dairy Industry

University College Cork has introduced a new postgraduate qualification dedicated to the dairy industry. Dairy processing is a very significant pillar of the Irish economy. In 2013 export values for Irish dairy products and ingredients exceeded €3 billion making an enormous contribution to the domestic economy. The industry exports 85% of all output produced, making […]

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Dairy Crest Innovation Centre at Harper Adams University Opens

    Dairy Crest Innovation Centre at Harper Adams University Opens

The Dairy Crest Innovation Centre at the Harper Adams University campus, Newport, Shropshire has been opened. The new facility was opened by The Princess Royal, the Chancellor of Harper Adams University. Her Royal Highness was accompanied throughout her visit by Stephen Alexander (Chairman, Dairy Crest), Mark Allen (Chief Executive, Dairy Crest) and Dr David Llewellyn […]

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Welsh Industry Ambassadors Reach Out to Students

    Welsh Industry Ambassadors Reach Out to Students

A team of five young people have been appointed to act as ambassadors to inspire a new generation of young people to work in the food and drink industry. The project, being run by The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD) is part of the ‘Tasty Careers Wales’ initiative, designed to promote Wales’ […]

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£8 Million Skills Investment by Moy Park

    £8 Million Skills Investment by Moy Park

Northern Ireland-based poultry processor Moy Park is to invest £8 million in implementing a skills and development programme across the group over the next four years. Invest Northern Ireland has offered Moy Park £1.4million towards its skills programme, which is designed to support the continued growth of this leading European food business.
Moy Park is the […]

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Elanders invests in staff training

The print, packaging and supply chain company’s administration assistant Nicole Degnan has enrolled on a Level 3, Print Administration Modern Apprenticeship and trainee printer Craig Reid has signed up to a Professional Development Award (PDA).
Chris Hewitt, managing director at Elanders said: “We’re proud of the talent we have at Elanders and want to up-skill to […]

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Meet the Winners of first ever Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards

The team at Symingtons receive their award from Alison Wheelock and Karen Naylor
Verner Wheelock, the Yorkshire-based award-winning food industry training company, has announced the recipients of its first ever Excellence Awards.
The Awards were launched in 2015 to coincide with the company’s 25th anniversary and recognise the achievements of students attending their courses throughout that year.
There […]

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Nestlé and First Milk Launch Unique Programme to Develop Next Generation of Dairy leaders

    Nestlé and First Milk Launch Unique Programme to Develop Next Generation of Dairy leaders

Nestlé and First Milk, the UK dairy farmers co-operative, have launched the Next Generation Dairy Leaders Programme, a scheme for young farmers that aims to identify, nurture and develop the next generation of dairy leaders. The two year programme will focus on a small group of the most innovative First Milk Farmers supplying to Nestlé’s […]

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Northern Ireland Bakery and Snacks Businesses Encouraged to Grow through Innovation

    Northern Ireland Bakery and Snacks Businesses Encouraged to Grow through Innovation

John Hood, Invest Northern Ireland’s Director of Food and Tourism, has encouraged over 40 producers from Northern Ireland’s bakery and snacks sector to explore innovation to support business growth.
Speaking at a seminar jointly hosted by Invest NI and CAFRE (College of Agriculture and Rural Enterprise), John Hood said: “Northern Ireland’s bakery and snacks sector remains […]

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NSAFD Cooks Up Tasty Careers For Wales

    NSAFD Cooks Up Tasty Careers For Wales

The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD) has launched Tasty Careers Wales – an initiative to promote jobs and careers in the food and drink industry to young people.
The Tasty Careers initiative brings together industry career information and live industry vacancies to make them instantly accessible to young people and to help secure […]

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Teagasc Launches Professional Knowledge Network For Irish Agri-Food Sector

    Teagasc Launches Professional Knowledge Network For Irish Agri-Food Sector

A new and innovative professional knowledge programme, Teagasc ConnectEd has been launched. It will extend Teagasc’s knowledge transfer and research programmes to rural professionals and businesses in Ireland. The Teagasc ConnectEd Programme has been developed to provide high quality knowledge programmes for professionals and businesses that provide essential services and support to farmers and the […]

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Tetra Pak and DeLaval Commit to Up-skill Dairy Farm Management in China

    Tetra Pak and DeLaval Commit to Up-skill Dairy Farm Management in China

Tetra Pak and DeLaval, sister companies in the Tetra Laval Group, have signed a five year agreement with the Dairy Association of China to provide training to Chinese dairy farm managers. The signing ceremony was attended by both the Chinese and Swedish Ministers of Agriculture, who have a Memorandum of Understanding to increase co-operation in […]

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Hallam and Nestlé UK Launch Ground-breaking Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships

    Hallam and Nestlé UK Launch Ground-breaking Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships

The first young people have signed up to begin a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship with Sheffield Hallam University and Nestlé UK, a new kind of apprenticeship that leads to a degree, a guaranteed job and membership of the Chartered Management Institute.
Thirteen apprentices have signed a commitment statement, marking the official start of the three year […]

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Moy Park Scoops Top Learning and Development Accolade

    Moy Park Scoops Top Learning and Development Accolade

Moy Park has been recognised for its best in class approach to people development, picking up the IGD John Sainsbury Learning and Development Award at the prestigious IGD Awards 2015. The IGD awards celebrate the best in the UK food and grocery industry, and are regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the industry.
Moy Park was recognised […]

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Morrisons Upskills Production Staff Thanks to Grimsby Institute Training

    Morrisons Upskills Production Staff Thanks to Grimsby Institute Training

A national supermarket chain, which has a fish and seafood processing unit in Grimsby, has saved training costs and improved the skills of its workforce with the help of a course delivered by the Grimsby Institute Group. Morrisons PLC wanted to increase and improve the skills set of its employees, whilst making the business more […]

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Kilkenny Food Initiative Set to Tackle Ireland’s Chef Shortage

    Kilkenny Food Initiative Set to Tackle Ireland’s Chef Shortage

A County Kilkenny based community led initiative that serves as an educational food hub for the Southeast is to become the first such organisation to launch an internationally recognised certified professional cookery course. An innovative concept for the Southeast and Ireland, ‘School of Food’ and its first fully certified Professional Cookery programme comes as a […]

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Bord Bia and PWC Help Irish Food Industry Scale New Heights

    Bord Bia and PWC Help Irish Food Industry Scale New Heights

Bord Bia, supported by PWC, has launched a new initiative aimed at helping medium-sized food and drink companies address their ‘growing pains’. According to Bord Bia, the ‘Ascent’ programme is targeted at companies who find themselves at a crossroads and recognise the need for intervention if they are to achieve their full market potential.
“Ascent is […]

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Nestlé Expands Apprenticeship Programme

    Nestlé Expands Apprenticeship Programme

Nestlé has launched ‘Project Opportunity’ in the US, a career acceleration programme to help people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their skills in food and beverage manufacturing.
By 2017, the company has pledged to hire 1,000 paid interns and trainees and significantly expand the number of apprenticeship positions it offers across its US […]

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Grimsby Institute Strengthens Services to Europe’s Foodtown

    Grimsby Institute Strengthens Services to Europe’s Foodtown

Grimsby Institute has further strengthened its commitment to the local food industry with the appointment of Mat Thompson (pictured right) as Senior Trainer Consultant (Food). A food industry specialist who has worked locally, nationally and internationally, Mat has joined the Grimsby Institute’s business training services division to bring a fresh dimension to the training and […]

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Arla Foods UK and Dairy Pro Announce Training Collaboration

    Arla Foods UK and Dairy Pro Announce Training Collaboration

Professional development register Dairy Pro has reached a ground-breaking agreement with the UK’s largest dairy company, farmer-owned co-operative, Arla, for its UK farmer members engaged in its Sustainable Dairy Farming Growing Together programme, to register with Dairy Pro.
Arla’s sustainable dairy farming programme involves a series of on-farm practical workshops which explore key issues affecting dairy […]

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Irish Food Industry to Benefit From ”Game-changing” Scholarship Programme

    Irish Food Industry to Benefit From ”Game-changing” Scholarship Programme

Bord Bia has said that the inaugural Origin Green Ambassador programme is “game-changing” in terms of its potential to encourage collaborative learning and information sharing between the Irish food industry and leading global food and drink companies. Ten ambitious professionals were appointed as Origin Green Ambassadors in 2013 and have since completed placements with more […]

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Produce World Investing in the Fresh Produce Stars of the Future

    Produce World Investing in the Fresh Produce Stars of the Future

Produce World Group, the UK’s largest grower and supplier of fresh vegetables, is teaming up with the University of Lincoln to launch an Agri-Food Trainee scheme to find the future stars of the fresh produce industry by offering paid-for work experience and a university degree. The scheme is offering students the opportunity to gain a […]

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New Nutrition & Food Science Degree on the Menu at QMU

    New Nutrition & Food Science Degree on the Menu at QMU

Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, has launched a new degree in nutrition and food science, as part of the institution’s Food & Drink Strategy.
QMU’s Food & Drink Strategy has been developed through extensive consultation with the food and drink sector to support the commercial application of nutritional science.
The BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Food Science is […]

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“Probably” The Best Maintenance Planner Development Workshop

    “Probably” The Best Maintenance Planner Development Workshop

The Maintenance Planner role is one of those functions which nobody notices if it works well but if it does n’t everyone feels the pain. So how do you develop the capability to bring together relevant information, prioritise workloads and create a realistic and achievable maintenance plan. Realistic in terms of keeping the customer satisfied […]

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Leading Lean Improvement Teams

    Leading Lean Improvement Teams

Just as the performance of sports teams owes much to the competence of the team coach, experience shows that delivering gains from Lean Manufacturing also a depends on the skills of the Lean coach.
Traditional lean training skips over the essential lean team leadership principles, techniques and underpinning processes to deliver lasting gains and outstanding performance. […]

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Sustainable, Results Driven Training

    Sustainable, Results Driven Training

CQM Training & Consultancy Ltd have been established for over 20 years and have earned a reputation for delivering enhanced performance from their Lean Continuous Improvement process and Management Development programmes – CQM Training & Consultancy absolutely guarantee it!
Thorntons recently partly attributed their impressive 60% increase in profits to CQM T&C’s development of their operations […]

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UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science: Irish agri-food sector 5th in EU in terms of innovation

    UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science: Irish agri-food sector 5th in EU in terms of innovation

 
Ireland has the 5th most innovative agri-food sector in the European Union behind Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands, according to a new report published by University College Dublin and sponsored by Bank of Ireland today (11 June 2014).
It also shows that the sector is strong in terms of research capacity, overall education levels, and […]

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Partner Logistics Wisbech Invests in Work-based Training

    Partner Logistics Wisbech Invests in Work-based Training

Partner Logistics is assisting staff to reach their full potential by offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) to help consolidate and develop existing skills into formal credentials.
Thirty four out of the forty members of staff at the Wisbech site are in the process of completing NVQs thanks to Partner Logistics’ investment in continuing professional development programmes.
Having […]

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New Meyn Demo and training centre now open

    New Meyn Demo and training centre now open

On October 2nd 2013 Meyn officially opened its expanded Demo and training centre, when Scott Russell (Global Sales Director of Meyn) and Willem Wals (owner of Vleeshandel Topkip B.V. and the premises in which the Meyn Demo and training centre is located) unveiled a nameplate.
The new Meyn Demo and training centre gives us the possibility to extend our training […]

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New Irish Food Academy to Educate Small Food Businesses

    New Irish Food Academy to Educate Small Food Businesses

According to organizers, nearly 350 Irish small food businesses will benefit from Food Academy Start, a newly launched training program aimed at supporting and nurturing start up Irish food businesses. Bord Bia, SuperValu and the County Enterprise Boards have joined forces on this initiative to provide a consistent level of food marketing knowledge to new […]

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Food Industry Mechanical Engineering Course – Now Open For Applications!

    Food Industry Mechanical Engineering Course – Now Open For Applications!

The industry-backed mechanical engineering degree – MEng Food Engineering, atSheffieldHallamUniversityis now open for applications.
Specially designed to create employment-ready mechanical engineers with the skills most sought after by theUK’s largest manufacturing sector, the degree offers real job prospects to its graduates. Some of the many topUKfood and drink brands supporting the course include the makers of […]

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Record Number of Graduates For Irish Distillers

    Record Number of Graduates For Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Ireland’s leading spirits and wines company, has recruited the largest number of entrants to the Jameson Graduate Programme since the programme began in 1991. A total of 36 graduates; 34 Marketing and two Production Graduates, will be allocated to various global markets across five continents making it the largest programme on […]

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2 Sisters Food Group Backs New Innovation & Investment For Future of Farming

    2 Sisters Food Group Backs New Innovation & Investment For Future of Farming

One of Britain’s biggest food producers has announced its full support of a new graduate scheme which is targeting new talent for the future of British agriculture. 2 Sisters Food Group is supporting the launch of the Government’s Agriculture-Technologies Strategy with its retail partner Sainsbury’s.
This first-of-its-kind agricultural graduate scheme is designed to shape innovation in […]

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Nestlé and Sheffield Hallam University Launch ‘Earn While They Learn’ Scheme For School Leavers

    Nestlé and Sheffield Hallam University Launch ‘Earn While They Learn’ Scheme For School Leavers

A unique scheme that allows school-leavers to ‘earn while they learn’ by placing them in a salaried training role while they study for their degree has been launched by Nestlé, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.
The Nestlé Academy Fast Start Programme is the first of its kind in the food industry and has already received […]

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UK Food Manufacturers Treble Apprenticeships in 2012

    UK Food Manufacturers Treble Apprenticeships in 2012

Food and drink manufacturers have trebled the number of apprenticeships across the industry, beating an original target to double before the end of 2012.
The latest data from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the sector skills council, Improve, shows that since August 2011 there have been 5,281 apprenticeship starts in food and drink manufacturing businesses […]

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Tesco Launches Scholarships For Dairy Farmers of the Future

    Tesco Launches Scholarships For Dairy Farmers of the Future

UK retailer Tesco will target the dairy farmers of the future as part of a new scholarship programme open to members of its pioneering Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group. The scholarship programme will see TSDG farmers or their family members being offered the chance to study elements of dairy farming such as animal welfare, animal fertility […]

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CCE and ECO Plastics Launch New Education Centre

    CCE and ECO Plastics Launch New Education Centre

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has underlined its continued commitment to youth development with the opening of a brand new Education Centre at Continuum Recycling, the joint venture with ECO Plastics which created the world’s largest plastics bottle reprocessing facility located in Hemswell, Lincolnshire. The new centre is the fifth of its kind in Great Britain, with […]

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New Career Kick-start Fund For Female Staff

    New Career Kick-start Fund For Female Staff

New government funding toward training designed to improve the career prospects of women employees is now available to food and drink manufacturing firms across the UK. The funds, initially secured by food and drink skills council Improve, are being used by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink to make career development training available […]

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UK Food and Drink Industry Pledges to Help Tackle National Engineering Shortage

    UK Food and Drink Industry Pledges to Help Tackle National Engineering Shortage

A new food engineering degree will play its part in tackling the severe shortage of UK engineering graduates according to food and drink industry bosses and the sector skills council.
The pledge follows a Royal Academy of Engineering survey showing that there are too few STEM graduates to meet engineering need across all industries between 2012-2020 […]

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Two New Professors For Leatherhead Food Research

    Two New Professors For Leatherhead Food Research

Leatherhead Food Research’s Paul Berryman and Tony Hines MBE have been appointed as Visiting Professors at the University of Reading. The title, which is only awarded for distinction or status in a professional field relating to academia, comes as the University sought to recognise their contributions in establishing the Food Advanced Training Partnership (Food ATP).
The […]

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UK Food Industry to Provide First Food Engineering Degree

    UK Food Industry to Provide First Food Engineering Degree

Sheffield Hallam University has been named as the successful university to partner the UK food and drink industry in the development of the country’s first dedicated food and drink engineering degree. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink made the announcement after a rigorous selection […]

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Accident Prevention in the Food and Drink Industry

More than 5,000 injuries within the UK food and drink manufacturing sector are reported to the Health and Safety Executive each year, representing about a quarter of all the reported injuries in manufacturing. Manual handling and slips and trips are the most common causes of these injuries.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) […]

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