Sheffield Hallam University is to partner the UK food and drink industry in the development of the country’s first dedicated food and drink engineering degree.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink made the announcement after a rigorous selection process to run the unique course which is being developed in response to the need for engineers for the industry.
The food and drink industry needs to recruit 137,000 new employees between 2007 -2017 and has been working with employers to identify the skills gaps that they are experiencing amongst potential recruits.
FDF director of human resources, Angela Coleshill, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sheffield Hallam to design a degree course that perfectly matches food and drink manufacturers’ needs.
"We listened closely to our member companies’ expressions of the skills that they require to continue developing the highly regarded products that have put our UK industry at the forefront of innovation.”
Source: Scotland Food and Drink
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