According to Caroline Keohane, head of Industry Growth, FDF, there are more than 500,000 vacancies open today across the UK’s farm-to-fork supply chain.
“We must fill these places with potential, by matching talent to opportunity in all corners of the country,” said Keohane.
“The food and drink industry has a long history of hiring a wide-ranging and diverse workforce at all skills levels, and we need that to continue if we are to build a strong pipeline of home-grown talent and develop our next generation of engineers, food scientists, marketeers and leaders.
“The Careers Passport is a practical, industry-led initiative to provide a means to accelerate recruitment in all communities – the next tool to levelling up the nation.”
The scheme – set to be introduced later this spring in England and Wales – is designed to make it easier to find new recruits – especially those with Food Safety, HACCP, Health and Safety and Allergen Awareness accreditation.
It offers pre-entry accreditation to job hunters seeking entry-level roles. It also speeds up interview short-listing and job onboarding, saving time and money for business owners.
“The new Passport is proof that holders will arrive at an interview with core food manufacturing compliance certification,” said Louise Cairns, CEO of NSAFD.
“All Passport holders have made a readily-evident choice to seek a career in food and drink and have put the work in to prove it. They’re engaged and eager to start.”
Greencore, Premier Foods and Pukka Pies are among the companies that have already pledged their support for the Careers Passport.