Call to action for industry

FDF has developed a three-to-five year plan for business-led action to deliver a real step change in skills and talent within the UK food and drink manufacturing sector.

FDF will work in partnership with Government, the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), The Careers and Enterprise Company and other partners to deliver this action plan with industry.

Outcome Improving the image
of the sector
Better schools
Increased collaboration with
Higher & Further Education
Improved Apprenticeship
uptake & quality
/ Barrier
  • Make sure that potential entrants have an up-to-date impression of our sector.
  • Give millennials a career that is meaningful and consistent with their socially and environmentally responsible values.
  • Showcase career pathways into and within the food and drink manufacturing sector – both academic and vocational routes.
  • Confusion around rules of engagement with schools.
  • A mixed picture of localised activity with no strategy for engagement at a national level.
  • Trained ambassadors ready to go into schools but lack of opportunities.
  • Build learner volumes to ensure sustainability of industry backed programmes and to influence training and academic provision.
  • Ensure training courses and curriculum deliver skills our sector needs.
  • Increase knowledge transfer between universities and businesses.
  • Work to meet various ambitions to drive apprenticeship numbers by 2020:
    • UK Government: 3 million apprenticeships
    • DEFRA: Trebling agricultural and food manufacturing apprenticeships
    • FDF: Apprentices representing 3% of food & drink manufacturing workforce.
  • Introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.
  • Development of Trailblazer standards.
  • Create compelling messaging under one careers campaign for the whole food supply chain – linked to the Government's Great British Food campaign.
  • Showcase career pathways into and within the sector using the interactive Tasty Careers map.
  • Develop a strategic, targeted approach to actively deploy food and drink careers ambassadors into schools across the country.
  • Pilot the Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) schools programme in one or two English regions whereby food is used as a context for learning.
  • Support industry-backed courses by driving learner volumes through further sponsorship.
  • Implement the food industry kite mark in colleges and universities delivering high quality provision or programmes.
  • Build on the success of National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering in Sheffield to create a food hub for engineering skills and innovation.
  • Promote the NCUB innovation brokerage
    tool Konfer.
  • Embed Trailblazer standards within the industry including degree apprenticeships for food engineering, food science and leadership and management.
  • Increase awareness of apprenticeship benefits and share best practice across industry via a toolkit and regional roadshow events.