Food management qualifications due to launch

New food management qualifications will be launching next month in response to the problem of skills gaps at lower management levels in the food industry.

Specialist awarding organisation FDQ has consulted big-name food manufacturers to tailor the qualifications to the needs of the food industry.

FDQ has developed these new and unique qualifications that are not at university level, but at level two and three, now formally accredited by Ofqual.

Large manufacturers, including Maple Leaf UK and Brown Brothers Food Group, are planning to enrol their staff on this qualification.

Maple Leaf UK’s HR manager Colleena Vozniak-Sears said: "Prospective employees are not naturally attracted to food manufacturing as a career and therefore we have difficulty attracting new talent to these roles."

Vozniak-Sears intends to take advantage of the qualifications to train the manufacturing teams and further the brand. "By introducing a qualification that is specifically developed for food manufacturing, it will help us to attract the right talent, build our employer brand and retain talent within our business."

Jane Gaskell, HR Manager at Food Pro, Brown Brothers Food Group, was involved in the development of the qualifications. She said: "Seventy per cent of the managers in our business are new managers; this qualification will help them to develop a depth of understanding of the needs of Brown Brothers at a management level and the impact they can have on the company.

"It will also provide high levels of skills development to enable individuals to grow personally and, ultimately, will assist them in making that impact. Win-win all round."

The qualifications will include people management, management and improvement of technical controls, quality assurance and business systems in a food environment.

FDQ chief executive Amanda Clark said: "The food manufacturers we have worked with are delighted to have a bespoke management training tool, rather than the pre-existing generic qualifications that does not deal with industry-specific issues."


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