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Despite the Food and Drinks industry being one of the largest employers in the East of England, skills shortages are a key issue across the sector.
From a lack of young people entering the industry, through to the need to upskill its workforce, the industry faces a huge challenge to supply the training needed to sustain future growth.
The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with Produce World and Fenland District Council are working together to tackle the issue head on, with an event to encourage local people to view the sector as a route to successful employment.
The Greater Fenland Agri-Food Skills Workshop will bring together key industry contacts to discuss the issues, barriers and mechanisms to boost skills availability within the area to support food supply chain growth.
Delegates will hear from David Frost, Produce World’s HR Director and Professor Val Braybrook from the University of Lincoln, who will be discussing ‘The role of Higher Education in supporting Agri-Food Skills’, meaning that the event promises to be an engaging debate on how we can address the future skills supply for the sector.
The event will also discuss the need for a proposed Centre for People Excellence in Agri-Food, which could provide a shared resource for all businesses and organisations operating in the area, including skills development, apprenticeship training, applied research and development and leadership and management development.