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How can the food industry tackle its skills shortage?

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An industry perspective on the food skills shortage

As these times tell, the food and nutrition sectors are proven to be key to a sustainable future but they are also facing a significant food industry skills shortage with an estimated 140,000 new recruits needed in food manufacturing alone by 2024 according to the UK Food and Drink Federation.

Why is the food industry struggling with an image problem when it comes to getting bright and eager new recruits? In the second episode in a series of podcasts focused on careers in food, drink and nutrition we look at the problem from the industry perspective. Hear directly from industry experts who have built their own careers in the food and drink industry to explore their views on the challenges of not just attracting but also developing young talent so that the food and drink industry can keep innovating to ensure a sustainable future for both national and global food systems.

About our panel

Helen McNair, Technical Director, Lionel Hitchen

Helen McNair is the Technical Director responsible for Quality Management Systems and Product Development in flavour ingredients manufacturing. Helen has over 30 years experience in the food and beverage industry including manufacturing, retail and food service, ensuring food safety, quality and innovation.

Jacinta George, Managing Director, Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL)

Jacinta George is Managing Director at Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) and has a wealth of proven industry experience in the Food and Pharma Industry. Jacinta joined RSSL following her role as Mondelēz International’s Director for Ingredient Research and Wellbeing.

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