The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink Coronavirus Update

Welcome to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink exists to provide businesses across the UK’s food and drink manufacturing and processing industry with a single source of access to leading edge workforce training, vocational study and skill upgrades designed to boost productivity, innovation, profitability and growth.

We act as the industry’s voice to Government on the strategic skills issues affecting our industry and work closely with a range of key industry stakeholders, supporters and partners in delivering our mission of making the food and drink industry in the UK the best in the world.

We’re straightforward, industry focused and on your side. We offer you an honest unbiased view of the most effective and cost-efficient training solutions to meet your needs as well as advising you on funding support where available.

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Who we work with
Addo Food Group
Associated British Foods - Grocery Group
Avara Foods
Barfoots of Botley
Coca Cola
Flamingo Horticulture
Foster's Bakery
Hain Daniels Group
James T. Blakeman & Co. Ltd
Karro Food Group
Kerry Foods
KP Snacks
Kraft Heinz
Lucozade Ribena Suntory
Lyons Seafood Ltd
Manor Fresh
Mars Wrigley Confectionery
Moy Park
Müller UK & Ireland Group LLP
Natures Way Foods
Produce World
Pukka Pies
Samworth Brothers Ltd
Saputo Dairy UK
Tangerine Confectionery
Village Bakery


Blueprint for Excellence is a bespoke online training need analysis tool created specifically for food and drink manufacturing and processing companies. It enables you to pinpoint the specific skill and knowledge gaps in your business that are holding back performance and productivity - so you can tightly target training investment for maximum return.
Becoming a Member of the NSAFD's Employer Services Network puts you in good company. No less than eight of the UK’s Top 10 food and drink manufacturers are Members along with a whole host of companies of every size and shape.
With our Managed Agent service, we can take away the hassle of your compliance training by managing your training schedule with a single dedicated contact at an agreed price and subject to rigorous quality and performance standards.
Tasty Careers is the industry’s outreach campaign to the next generation of food and drink manufacturing talent.
The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is already the go-to organisation for businesses seeking expert advice on high quality training and vocational education for staff.
As champions of quality training within the food and drinks industry, we believe all the best training programmes should be celebrated – even if they’re for internal use only.
In a world where quality is so important, the food and drink industry looks to us to recommend the best training providers from right across the country. For the last 10 years we’ve helped some of the biggest food brands to develop their skills, and ensured the UK has retained it’s place as a world leader in production and innovation.
Gaining formal industry approval of the exceptional quality of your facilities and expertise in providing specialist training solutions to food and drink manufacturing businesses is an accolade awarded to a select few.

Becoming a Centre of Excellence within the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink’s network of providers brings first class status.
As a college or university offering qualifications and courses relevant to careers in food and drink manufacturing, you’ll find joining the Academy’s Tasty Careers Network raises your profile among sector businesses and prospective students to a whole new level.
Show the world the quality of your training programmes with an endorsement from The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink.
Your courses are some of the best around, but it’s not always been easy to demonstrate this to businesses and students, and
elevate yourself above the other providers out there.
Did you know that the food and drink industry allocates more of its training budget to compliance than any other discipline?


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