Careers & Training

Growing careers

31/05/2017 - 08:19

Sara Sharp of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture explains how the horticulture industry is encouraging young people to grow their own careers.

Most people remember that at school, there was never an option to study horticulture. Teachers knew nothing of the opportunities available. The UK governmental careers advice service, Connexions, which was disbanded in 2011, seemed to largely direct pupils into the recognised professional career paths, such as law, teaching and nursing.

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Degree Apprenticeship addresses shortage of food technologists

24/02/2017 - 14:23

Sharon Green from the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln, one of the universities involved in developing the Degree Apprenticeship programme, explains how the apprenticeships will bring together the best of higher education and vocational training to plug the skills gap in food manufacturing.

Apprenticeship reform

Food Technical Degree Apprenticeship

24/02/2017 - 14:02

Sue Densley of The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink describes progress towards the establishment of Degree Apprenticeships for food technical professionals.

The Degree Apprenticeship is a four-year programme which embeds a BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology degree alongside a structured work-based training programme."

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) has been working with employers, universities and the IFST to develop a degree apprenticeship programme for food technical professionals.

Tackling skill shortages in food manufacturing

01/12/2016 - 21:34

The UK needs more engineers, especially the food manufacturing and agri-tech sectors. Estimates vary, but for future sustainable economic growth it is reckoned that the UK’s engineering employers need to recruit 182,000 people with engineering skills each year; currently there is an annual shortfall of 69,000 advanced technicians and engineers.

Attracting more foreign students is not the answer as currently about half of overseas engineering graduates return to their country of origin. Post Brexit the option of filling gaps by importing talent becomes more challenging.

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