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  • 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…