Throughout May, NEP’s Bright Futures campaign is focussing on Food & Drink, and many Northamptonshire businesses have formally pledged their commitment to create good quality training opportunities locally. These include graduate internships and apprenticeships leading to a skills base that meets the sector’s needs.
Companies making the pledge include TMI Foods, Warner Edwards, Phipps Northampton Brewery Company, Northampton Business School, McManus Pub co. Ltd., Weetabix and FFP Packaging Solutions.
Peter Dundas, Managing Director, FFP Packaging Solutions, said: “Engaging with young people and making sure they receive the appropriate level of training and work experience is incredibly important for the sustainable future of our businesses. To make a formal pledge in this regard is to demonstrate the commitment necessary to make this happen and FFP Packaging Solutions support the initiative wholeheartedly.”
At the forefront of this commitment will be skills and NEP’s plans to help Food & Drink businesses establish closer links with schools, open their doors to students and offer fresh insight into the career opportunities available in the sector.
Investing in young people is critical
Declan Kennedy, General Manager, TMI Foods, said: “Investing in young people to ensure sustainability and growth is critical. Capitalising on the wealth of young talent in our community by connecting with schools, forging stronger links with students and offering apprenticeships in all areas of our industry will be key to ensuring sustainably and growth within the Food & Drink sector.
TMI Foods, a cooked meats ingredients company based in Northampton, fully endorse the Bright Futures campaign and encourage other businesses to get involved and pledge their support.
Tom Warner, Co-founder, Warner Edwards, whose current apprentice features in the Bright Futures campaign, said: “At Warner Edwards we believe that investing in Food & Drink apprenticeships and graduate training is essential, not only to inspire the next generation of producers, but also to ensure that the industry continues to prosper with local innovators and entrepreneurs leading the way. That’s why we recently took on our first apprentice.”
More than twice the national average of producers
Tim Bagshaw, Head of Business & Innovation, NEP, said: “Northamptonshire’s Food & Drink sector is an important contributor to the local economy with more than twice the national average of producers providing one in seven local jobs.
“The county is home to around 150 Food & Drink manufacturers and over 600 registered farms. It is more important than ever to attract and train young people into this thriving Northamptonshire industry.
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