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Criteria set for Skills Awards judging

10 May 2012

The criteria for the FP Skills Awards judging, which is taking place this week all over the country, has been announced. The finalists include Britvic, The Jordans & Ryvita Co, Oliver James Foods, Warburtons and Arla Foods.

The criteria will revolve around the following five questions:

1 What initiative led to the commencement of skills development?
2 How did you then make the training changes stick?
3 How did the recipients understand the need and value of the training?
4 What was different or special about this programme?
5 What was the impact of the training?

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 12 June 2012 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, resulted in the award, which was presented for the first time at the 2011 FP Awards.

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 are 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 is 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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