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Skills Award set to fly

19 April 2011

The four finalists for the first FP Skills Award are set for take off after they were recently selected by a presigious panel of judges. They include Warburtons, Unilever, Kerry Foods and Endoline Machinery.

Known officially as The Award for Excellence in Skills Development & Impact, the award is the newest addition to FP's glamorous collection of titles, which will culminate at Appetite for Engineering on 23 June at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.

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.

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