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New award will reward skills

12 January 2011

The Award for Excellence in Skills Development & Impact is the newest addition to FP's glamorous collection of awards titles, which will culminate at Appetite for Engineering

A joint effort by Festo, The University of Lincoln's National Centre for Food Manufacturing; and the National Skills Academy for food & drink, has resulted in a brand new award, which will be presented for the first time at the next FP Awards dinner on 23 June at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.

The Award for Excellence in Skills Development & Impact came about primarily owing to the industry's passion for skills as personified by Gary Wyles, Festo MD; Jonathan Cooper, business development manager at the NSA; and Mike Dudbridge of the University of Lincoln.

Nominations would, according to the founding document proposed by Gary Wyles, be open to food producers and processors in the UK for training and skills development initiatives focused on automation and engineering related topics.

Its primary objective will be to help highlight the significance of skills development in the pursuit of modern engineering and manufacturing techniques in the sector by presenting and recognising quality examples of successful training and skills development initiatives from the sector.

Most important for those who intend to enter the award, a list of criteria is now available. Nominees should ask themselves the following:

* What was special about your initiative?
* What was the impact?
* Why are you proud of the approach?
* How did it affect your business?

A novel approach to this award will be the use of a judging panel; the outcome of all our other awards are decided online where readers vote for their favourite finalist in each category. But for the first time, judges will use parameters to guide their thoughts in selecting a winner.

The judging panel will take shape over the next few weeks but will likely consist of a member of the Appetite for Engineering team and representatives from NSA food & beverage; Lincoln University's National Centre for Food Manufacturing; a prominent trade association such as PPMA; a previous FP Award winner; and a representative of the award sponsor.

If you want to know more about our new award or if you'd like to nominate your company or any other, contact David Strydom on david.strydom@imlgroup.co.uk


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