Food manufacturing sector skills council CEO Justine Fosh today (1 July 2015) praised Welsh food company leaders and Welsh Government for standing together in a concerted drive to power industry growth in the nation.
Fosh, who heads industry skills body Improve Wales, was speaking after yesterday’s Welsh Government announcement of the full membership of the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board – the business-led group taking shared ownership of Welsh Government ambition to increase industry turnover by 30 per cent (£7billion) by 2020.
“With the Board now fully established the industry in Wales now has an unprecedented opportunity to ensure training and skill provision across Wales is demand-led and geared to growth potential,” said Fosh, who was named today by Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, as one of the 15 members of the fully established Food and Drink Wales Board.
Food and drink manufacturers and processors represented on the Board include Brecon Brewing, Halen Mon, Llaeth y Llan, Volac, Capstone Organic, Dawn Meats and Puffin Produce.
Announcing the full Board membership, the Deputy Minister said the business group would provide strategic direction to the Welsh Government on the delivery of the Action Plan for the Food and Drink industry which encompasses industry growth, support for job creation, sustainability and food-related tourism as well as a stronger identity for food produced in Wales.
The Deputy Minister said she envisaged ‘a simple single access point’ for businesses and employees to identify training needs and source appropriate support and committed to providing detailed baseline data and data analysis of the food manufacturing sector as a whole and individual sub sectors to inform decision-making.