FDF helps producers to recruit next generation of workers

By Gill Hyslop

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The FDF has launched a Skills Toolkit to help employers find the right staff. Pic: GettyImages/Wavebreakmedia
The FDF has launched a Skills Toolkit to help employers find the right staff. Pic: GettyImages/Wavebreakmedia

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To mark National Apprenticeship Week, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a Skills Toolkit, which gives producers access to resources and info to find jobseekers of all ages from every part of the UK.

From apprenticeships to T-Levels to Skills Bootcamps, the toolkit supports companies to identify the job finding and training schemes best suited to help them build and upskill their workforce.

With 500,000 vacancies in the farm to fork supply chain, the UK’s F&B sector is primed to give people the chance to fulfil their potential and build a resilient workforce that can cope with the challenges that lie ahead.

Fit for the industry of the future

“Our new Skills Toolkit aims to give employers the knowledge of how to invest in the skills they need, both by bringing in new talent and upskilling the existing workforce,”​ said Caroline Keohane, head of Industry Growth, FDF.

“It is easily accessible and is a less time-consuming way for businesses to match talent to opportunity.

“The FDF will continue to work with its members to create a high skill workforce that is fit for the industry of the future.”

The toolkit also provides info on how to source jobseekers for apprenticeship roles and how employers can access the £1,000 grant for every employee taken on through the scheme.

Levelling up can also provide adults and young people across the country the opportunity to receive more high-quality training.

Collaboration in ramping up skills

Jill Coyle, apprenticeship manager at Nestlé and chair of the FDF’s Education and Skills Forum, said the FDF Skills Toolkit is a further example of the food and drink sector’s growing reputation for collaboration in building skills expertise.

“The FDF toolkit empowers employers of all sizes, across all geographies by bringing together critical information in order to determine which programme can best help them recruit and upskill their workforces.”

Alex Burghart MP, Minister for Skills, has also praised the initiative.

“It’s fantastic to see the Food and Drink Federation supporting its members to provide skills training, empowering food and drink manufacturers to access new talent and upskill local economies,” ​he said.

“From apprenticeships and traineeships to T-Levels, Skills Bootcamps and our Free Courses for Jobs, our training offers are supporting people of all ages to gain the skills they need to secure great careers.”

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