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1 Supporting the Food Industry with skills and innovation

2 The Shifting Sands of the Skills Agenda Employers at the helm of standards and funding The role of Local Enterprise Partnerships in economic development and the Agri-food skills agenda

3 is a satellite campus situated in Holbeach, in the heart of the largest concentration of Food Manufacturing businesses in the UK. Talent pipeline – Academy family Established in 2001 now has a student population of 11,722 and 1331 staff. Top 50 University The University of Lincoln The National Centre for Food Manufacturing

4 NCFM in The College of Science College of Science School of Life Sciences School of Chemistry School of Mathematics School of Computer Science School of Engineering School of Pharmacy National Centre for Food Manufacturing Lincoln Business School

5 NCFM – developing the industry’s talent and supporting innovation Working with employers and partners (LEP, Sector Skills Council, sector bodies) to raise skills and support innovation Specialising in part-time flexible courses for food industry professionals, offering seamless progression: – Functional Skills, Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, BSc (Honours) in Food Manufacture, post graduate Supporting 2,500 employees from 300 businesses each year Help to engage young people with the sector University Academy Holbeach – 11-18 strategic partnership - a pipeline for new talent – Lincoln UTC (University Technical College)

6 Opportunities – examples from one recruitment website Development321Quality Assurance317 Engineering165Sales and Marketing 107 Environmental15Supply Chain90 Technical501Packaging30 HR19Hygiene48 Logistics32Operations179 Planning54Production279 Quality Technician - £18k to £26k Quality/Technical Manager - £36k to £65k Factory Manager - £55k to £75k Multi-skilled Engineer -£35k-£38k Engineering Manager - £60k- £85k Logistics Manager - £40k to £60k

7 Supporting innovation Industry - Microbiological Validation – (Various businesses) Industry – Sensory Science – (Various businesses) FSA – Effile Poultry Production and MSM (with FRPERC) TSB – Assessing Quality in Mushrooms by Rapid Odour Measurement (Monaghue Mushrooms, Potato Council, others ) TSB – FILMS Packaging innovation (Bakkavor, M&S, others) TSB – Pdx Steam Infusion (Olympus Automation and partners) ERDF - LCC - Sustain 2 – innovation and process improvement in Lincolnshire’s food and engineering sectors (SME) FP7 - PicknPack – process automation – Manchester University, Marel and a consortium of European universities

8 The role of Local Enterprise Partnerships in the skills and innovation agenda – drivers Radical government reform to accelerate growth – placing local authorities and LEPs at the helm of economic development (‘No Stone Unturned’ – Heseltine report 2012) Devolution of central funding streams to the 39 LEPs Across LEP collaboration encouraged

9 Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) Aim: sustainable economic growth Partnership: Private and public sector - industry led Strategy: Strategic Economic Plan and investment priorities

10 The GLLEP’s key sectors for investment Agri-food Manufacturing Visitor economy Greater Lincolnshire produces/processes over 12% of the UK’s food supply including more than 70% of its seafood and 25% of its vegetables; the sector employs more than 68,000 people across the supply chain with a diverse mix of businesses including Cranswick Plc, Greencore, Moy Park, Walkers and Young’s Seafood alongside a wide range of primary producers (Source: GLLEP Strategic Economic Plan)

11 Food Manufacturing in Greater Lincolnshire –the greatest secret! Almost every: Size of business - home to several international major businesses, plus numerous middle sized and small businesses Type of produce – fish, meat, ready meals, fresh veg and fruit Type of processes – cooking, canning, freezing, chilling, brewing and drinks manufacture, milling, confectionery Home to: Brands – Princes, Tulip, Youngs, Kerry, Humdinger, McCains Own label – Bakkavor, Moy Park, Greencore, Produce World National and international food community - dynamic

12 Agri-food sector plan Headline ambition - ‘‘the greater Lincolnshire Agri-food sector will double its contribution to the economy by 2033 through an ambitious programme of investment in productive capacity, skills and knowledge and drive to increase in high value added sales to UK and export markets’’ Challenges: Infrastructure Access to research and innovation Skills, increasingly needed at higher levels

13 Delivering the skills strategy - Employment and Skills Board Employer led with broad representation Informs the LEP of skills priorities and gaps - provides intelligence Seeks to implement solutions/lobby Covers the whole skills agenda, 14-19 education, adult learning and workforce skills and school links LEP Food Board – aligning priorities

14 Employment and Skills Board – intelligence GLEPP Board Employment & Skills Board Food Board

15 Changes to Skills Funding Funding for adult skills increasingly being channelled through the LEP (and skills capital) from the Skills Funding Agency Competitive and largely SME focussed (at the moment) Employment and Skills Board have a role in influencing national calls – working with employers and providers to ensure as much money as possible comes into Lincolnshire

16 What has the Employment and Skills Board achieved – some examples Increased Apprenticeship uptake (bucking the national trend) With JCP developed a ‘food industry’ pathway to help the unemployed Secured £1.5 million of additional funding through for the skills (Skills for the Lincolnshire Workforce project) Championed ‘Have a go events’ and other activities aimed at raising awareness of food industry careers e.g. Boston College Catering students encouraged to think about careers in the food industry

17 Employment and Skills Board – future role Working with the LEP and Food Board to produce a sector skills plan for our Agri-food industry to address known skills gaps, predict and plan for future need and fuel the talent pipeline with a vigorous flow of bright young people Aligning skills investment with a programme to secure additional applied research projects for GLLEP Agri- food companies

18 Strategies now in place to address skills shortages, engage young people to feed the talent pipeline and to build our applied research capability Transformational for the industry and the county – aspiration for world class AND EVERYONE WANTS TO WORK IN A WORLD CLASS INDUSTRY………..

19 Please can we be your next generation of food engineers, technologists and managers ……please, please let me!

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