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  • On behalf of the Taste 4 Success Skillnet, I am delighted to introduce the report ‘’Growing Jobs, Tasting Success’’, highlighting the impact, the Skillnet funding and training has on up-skilling job seekers, the opportunities for individuals to access work, and to create their own work opportunities throughout the food, seafood and beverage industry. The agri-food sector continues to play an integral part in Ireland’s economic recovery and is our largest and most important indigenous industry, contributing €26 billion in turnover and generating 12.3% of merchandise exports (approx. €10.5 bn in exports). The sector employs over 170,000 people, or 9% of total employment, and utilises 90% of outputs from over 130,000 farmers. This report highlights the importance of our member companies and trainees in providing sustainable employment into the future, and enabling new entrants to grow and develop their own business. We believe that it is critical to identify and deliver training and skillsets that will enable those seeking jobs to be equipped with the knowledge and skills that will make them attractive to future employers.

  • The network is committed to acting as the catalyst to implement and look for ways and means to address up-skilling of operatives and supervisors in the industry.  In that respect, under a recent additional call by Skillnets Ltd – Future Skills Needs Programme; the network applied for and was successful in receiving funding to implement the  up-skilling strategy amongst its membership and wider/growing membership base…

  • In November 2009 the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) launched a report entitled ‘Future Skills Requirements of the Food and Beverage Sector’.  Within this report a number of recommendations are highlighted including the need to provide an operative and supervisor accredited up skilling programme (Recommendation 2A).  That Report highlights that of the 50,000 people employed directly in the food and drink processing sector in 2008, 30,000 have low or no level of formal second level education and are a vulnerable group in the current economic climate. Many of the larger member companies have in excess of 500 employees respectively…