Food and Grocery Skills and Employability Summit 2010 Report

Date : 24 March 2010

Food and Grocery Skills and Employability Summit ReportA free document outlining the key points made at IGD's Food & Grocery Industry Skills and Employment Summit 2010

Includes analysis on:

  • Why Skills are so Important
  • The Education System
  • Attracting Recruits
  • Giving Young People a Chance
  • Developing Staff

On 10th March 2010, IGD hosted an industry summit on the theme of skills & employment. With the industry increasingly concerned at the rate of youth unemployment and the shortage of vital skills, the event was convened to focus on three specific areas;

  • Skills gaps – what will the food industry need from the education system in future?
  • Youth employment – what can the food sector do to give young people a chance?
  • Staff development – how can food companies equip their people with skills for a new era?

The event was attended by industry, Government and many organisations representing the skills, education, employment and research sectors. Speakers including Dave Lewis (Unilever), Joanne Denney-Finch OBE (IGD), Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions), Lord Freud (Shadow Spokesman for Welfare Reform), Lucy Neville-Rolfe CMG (Tesco), Andy Clarke (Asda) and Justin King (Sainsbury’s). A series of breakout groups provided an opportunity for the whole audience to engage in the analysis of potential actions in each area.

This free document summarises the key points made by both the speakers and the breakout group participants at this event. In each area, it highlights the comments and suggestions, and provides valuable insight into the thoughts and requirements of an industry that must rely on its knowledge and skills to drive future success.