The aim is to establish a ‘Food and Drink Skills Wales’ entity to provide one portal for businesses, providers, and stakeholders (including international) to support industry collaboration, research and development, and delivery activity relating to skills in the food and drink sector in Wales.
To achieve this, NSAFD has developed a number of strategic aims to help recognise and develop the skills needs going forward.
The aim of the delivery plan for 2016-17 is to continue delivery on the fully integrated strategy to unlock industry potential and equip businesses with the capability they require to meet Action Plan growth targets.
A Tasty Careers Wales website containing a range of bi-lingual careers resources such as case studies of young ambassadors working in the industry, job role profiles, resources such as the Tasty Careers interactive map and details of job vacancies and courses that young people can take as a career path into the industry.
Helping train Ambassadors, who will undertake training and mentoring at specific training courses throughout Wales, to enable them to represent the sector and the exciting careers opportunities within it to schools throughout Wales.
2016-17 activity has already started and will continue going forward and is based around talent attraction in 4 key forms which are part of the Tasty Careers Talent Attraction to address the image of the sector, this has been achieved by;
- Tasty Careers Ambassadors – Following on from the success of the first training programme, a further two courses will be run throughout the duration of this proposed project, training a total of 12 additional ambassadors. These Tasty Careers Ambassadors will support businesses to engage with local schools and colleges to promote opportunities within the industry.
- Tasty Tours – This initiative will involve working with schools and businesses to coordinate student tours around real food manufacturing plants. Tours will give students first-hand experience of how businesses within the sector operate,
- Skills Shows – In order to further engage with young people on a 1:1 basis, Tasty Careers will have a presence at key skills shows taking place across Wales, including at Skills Cymru
NSAFD has also established an over-arching ‘Food and Drink Skills Wales’ entity to provide one portal for businesses, providers, and stakeholders (including international) to support industry collaboration, research and development, and delivery activity relating to skills in the food and drink sector
With the help of the NSAFD we will pull together key industry stakeholders to form an entity and single channel by which employers can engage with skills related sector support.
By building this model, a ‘home’ can be established for skills activity for the sector, reducing employer confusion and increasing the value gained from the various areas of support accessed.