05 July 2016

​Premier plays leading role in food & drink productivity project

Senior leaders in the food and drink industry have launched a major project designed to help the sector boost productivity and growth.

The food and drink sector has a strong record on productivity growth, outstripping overall UK productivity growth as well as food industry productivity in many other countries. But the sector is facing a skills gap in key technical and scientific areas and an ageing workforce, with 130,000 new employees needed by 2024.

As a result, the Food and Drink Federation and National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, working alongside a number of companies including Premier Foods, have come together to take steps to ensure that productivity gains are sustained, and we can recruit and retain the next generation of food engineers, scientists and leaders. 

The key findings and business actions under the project, which forms part of Sir Charlie Mayfield’s Productivity Review, have been captured in a new report - ‘Unlocking Talent – The Key to Driving Food and Drink Productivity

Richard Johnson, Corporate Affairs Director at Premier Foods, who was part of the project team said: “Our business has a talented and highly skilled workforce, but many of our colleagues are fast approaching retirement. In order to maintain a strong talent pipeline, attracting young people to our industry will be key. We fully support the priorities outlined in the report, namely to increase the quantity and quality of our apprenticeships and improve our engagement with schools and Higher and Further Education to showcase the exciting career opportunities on offer.”

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