Training key to sector gaining global ground

The food and drink manufacturing sector is being urged to improve staff
training and development if it wants to close the productivity gap with its
international rivals.

A report by the Food and Drink National Training Organisation shows that
although the performance of the UK food and drink manufacturing sector has
improved slightly over the past three years, it still lags behind Japan, the US
and the rest of Europe.

The Food and Drink NTO wants to see an increased focus on training and
development to help ease the skills shortages in the industry.

Tom Evans, chief executive of the Food and Drink NTO, stressed the
importance of improving staff development.

He said, "Companies need to match their training programmes to job
specifications, and very importantly need to build training into the planning,
purchasing and commissioning of new equipment at an early stage."

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