Driving the meat industry forward

Employers are joining forces to tackle training and recruitment issues in the meat and poultry sector. The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing is co-ordinating a new skills steering group that will involve employers and leading trade organisations. The announcement comes following a sector conference at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire, a member of the Academy’s General Food and Drink training network.
Mica MacInnes, skills consultant for meat and poultry at the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing, says the group will concentrate on a range of issues identified at the conference, including the image of the sector and of driving up the recruitment of high-calibre graduates and managers.
“The industry is ready to take action,” says Mica. “The steering group will bring together employers from across the meat and poultry sector, and give them a voice to help drive it forward. Some really important issues need to be tackled head-on so that the UK’s meat and poultry industry can become a world leader.”
Employers – from wholesale, manufacturing and processing, and large businesses to sole traders – who want to be involved in the steering group should email mica.macinnes@improveltd.co.uk

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