Partnership with Government

Support food & drink manufacturers

Promote the strategic importance of food and drink manufacturing to UK plc.

Avoid increasing the cumulative burden on food and drink manufacturing which has a huge impact on the sector's ability to access and invest in skills in the future.

Allow business tax incentives to apply to training (not only capital investment) given the key link between upskilling staff, maximising the value of capital assets and productivity gains.

Focus on STEM skills

Increase the number of young people leaving school with at least the basic qualifications in English and Maths to help prepare them for apprenticeships and/or a career in food and drink manufacturing.

Support collaboration between universities and industry to encourage best practice models such as the industry-backed MEng/BEng Food Engineering degrees and the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering.


Commit to a strategy to ensure that the careers system promotes and values manufacturing including food.

Encourage schools to build relationships with local businesses and to value the important role industry can play in terms of providing careers advice and work experience.

Work in partnership with FDF to develop a pilot programme to help schools in England to deliver the curriculum by using food as a context for learning.


Ensure the quality and breadth of apprenticeships by working with the Institute of Apprenticeships to ensure credibility with employers and future apprentices; and to allow progression, transferability between sectors or even within sectors.

Allow businesses to spend Apprenticeship Levy funding within their supply chains and sectors to drive up food and farming apprentice numbers.