Action needed to make Fenland food sector grow

Fresh carrots in her bush about to be harvestedJPEE Stone cross march 2016 SUS-160126-150315003
Fresh carrots in her bush about to be harvestedJPEE Stone cross march 2016 SUS-160126-150315003
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A workshop aiming to help address Fenland’s shortage of skills in the food and drink industry is being held in Wisbech this week.

Despite the industry being one of the largest employers in the East of England, experts claim skills shortages are a key issue across the sector.

From a lack of young people entering the industry, through to the need to upskill its workforce, the industry is facing a huge challenge to supply the training needed to sustain future growth.

Now the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is working with Produce World and Fenland Council to tackle the issue head-on, with an event to encourage local people to view the sector as a route to successful employment.

Agricultural and food businesses are being invited to attend The Greater Fenland Agri-Food Skills Workshop, being held at The Boathouse Business Centre in Wisbech on Friday, January 29, from 8am to 10am.

The event will bring together key industry contacts to discuss the issues, and also barriers and mechanisms to boost skills availability within the area.

Neil Darwin, chief executive of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, said: “The food and drink industry is one of the most important sectors in our area, so we must proactively tackle the potential skills shortage facing the industry in the future.

“This is why we are calling on local agri-food businesses to join us on Friday to talk about what steps we can take to ensure the future success of their business.”

To book a place, email: 
sarah.read@gcgp.co.uk or call 01480 277180.