Increase productivity and boost profits

Let’s get going, the NSAFD is your industry go to for staff skills that improve efficiencies. We’re the food & drink industry’s dedicated, not-for-profit, skills specialist. We’re led by the industry, built around your needs and totally dedicated to your success. 

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We’re all about your skills

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) helps UK Food and Drink manufacturers to develop, grow and strengthen workforce skills and attract future talent.
We promote industry career opportunities, support firms in their apprenticeship offer and match quality-checked training providers to the precise CPD needs of your business and your people.
As industry-led experts on skills, we act as an influential advocate to administrations of all UK nations on relevant skills policy.

A chance for change

2024 request for a skills system reset to power jobs and growth in Food & Drink Manufacturing in England.

Food & Drink Careers Passport 

The Food & Drink Careers Passport ®, exclusively available via the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is a passport to all the essential knowledge needed for working in UK Food & Drink Manufacturing industry.

Developed in partnership with major food & drink manufacturing businesses, the new Food & Drink Careers Passport from the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is the complete package. It’s based around accessible online learning of all the core areas applicants need to work in the industry.

Course content leading to the Passport has been specially selected and written by subject matter experts from the Food Manufacturing Industry. Already widely-used across the sector, the NSAFD’s official Food & Drink Passport courses are updated annually by industry representatives to ensure they are always fully in line with industry knowledge needs.

Once completed,  qualifications are registered on the national Passport database hosted by the NSAFD – giving everyone full transparency and speeding up the entire compliance and induction process.


Get FREE Food Safety learning for ALL staff

Every single one of your people is entitled to FREE online Level 2 Food Safety, HACCP Level 2 or Health & Safety Level 2 courses when your business become a Member of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink’s Employer Services Network.

Members also benefit from an across-the-board discount of 20% on best available e-learning via our dedicated Online Academy – key learning totally devoted to food and drink and all in one place.

Membership gives you multiple advantages. Find out more today.

Take the hassle out of Apprenticeships

Whatever size your business, we're your go-to for food & drink Apprenticeship information and support.

Easily assess the initial skills and knowledge of staff embarking on an apprenticeship, track progress and keep learning evidence handy with our Occupational Assessment Tool specially designed to keep everything you need to comply with funding rules at your fingertips.

For small businesses, our Apprenticeship Toolkit has all the information and advice you need to get up to speed.

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Tasty Careers

Tasty Careers is designed as a game changer – bringing together industry career information and live industry vacancies all in one place and making them instantly accessible to the smartphone generation.

Download Our FREE Skills Insights & Labour Market Report

One of the most significant challenges within the FDMP sector is lack of labour, with widespread reports of unfilled vacancies and rising wages. This report reviews the key influences and highlights the skills required to enable the industry to continue to thrive.


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