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UK Food Chain Report Recognises Importance of Food Manufacturing Sector

UK Food Chain Report Recognises Importance of Food Manufacturing Sector
June 01
10:03 2011

A new report has recognised how the food and drink manufacturing sector is now a major contributor to the UK economy and will need investment in creating much needed high quality jobs for the future.

The UK Food Supply Chain report highlights how a workforce with the right skills will be critical to keeping the sector competitive against international manufacturers. Food and drink manufacturing will need at least 137,000 new employees over the next six years, many of which will be needed in scientific, engineering and management roles.

Traditionally the food and drink manufacturing sector has been thought of as employing low skilled factory workers. However, the industry is becoming increasingly automated and relies on highly skilled people to operate new complex technologies and ensure the machinery used to produce our food operates effectively and efficiently. This is proven by the fact that nearly 40% of all employees in the industry are skilled at level 3 or above.

Food and drink is the country’s biggest manufacturing sector in terms of turnover, Gross Value Added (GVA) and employment. It generates a significant 20% of turnover for the food chain, yet its employees account for only 10% of the total number of employees, which demonstrates that food and drink manufacturing is highly productive.

Whilst food and drink manufacturing is continuously growing, its future sustainability is highly dependant on the skills of its current workforce and crucially, its ability to attract the right talent for the future. With 20% of vacancies in the UK remaining hard to fill, support for promotion of the sector as a ‘career of choice’ is the key to continued future growth.

Angela Coleshill, FDF’s Director of Competitiveness said: “There is certainly appetite for investment in skills, which is why FDF members are taking collective action to ensure we can attract highly talented young people into the food and drink manufacturing sector. FDF is undertaking a number of initiatives in this area including its careers campaign ‘Taste Success – A Future in Food’ which aims to address the skills shortage by promoting the sector as a career of first choice for school leavers and graduates.”

“In partnership with Improve and Universities, FDF is seeking to become directly involved in the implementation of food and drink degree courses by offering undergraduates work placements and internships.”

“Apprenticeships will also be a key mechanism for the industry to attract talent for the future and FDF members are aiming to significantly increase the number of apprenticeships in the sector over the next 12 months.”

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