FOOD and drink manufacturing bosses in the North-East are set to benefit from a new training initiative, following the online launch of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing.
The £4.4m academy is the culmination of two years of research, planning and development by leading employers, co-ordinated by Improve, the sector skills council for food and drink.
The academy aims to revolutionise the way training is delivered in the sector, helping to strengthen the North-East’s food and drink manufacturing industry, which employs around 14,200 workers in 400 companies. “The skills academy is a vital step in meeting the skills challenges that the food and drink manufacturing sector faces,” said David Hickman, Improve’s operations manager for the North-East.
“It has been designed by those in the industry, and it will provide an effective and accessible system to deliver high-quality, relevant training.”
Following the launch of the academy’s online training and information centre, employers can now access a wealth of information designed to help deliver training to their staff.
From September, there will be a selection of courses available to buy directly through the website. Training courses are also being delivered through a network of physical Academy Centres.