Skills drive launched in NI

The college of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) has announced it is to spearhead a regional training network drive in the Northern Irish food industry.

New courses in key areas such as food technology, supply management and quality systems will be launched at the CAFRE campus in Cookstown, which is accredited as part of the National Skills Academy’s (NSA) UK-wide network of training providers.

CAFRE food technology head Dennis Legge said: “We are proud to champion the National Skills Academy network to employers and educational providers. It offers a great opportunity for the industry to work with training professionals to create qualifications that meet the expectations of employers and employees, and to generally engage food and drink manufacturing companies in the learning and skills development process.”

The Northern Irish college received accreditation this year and was selected as a Champion of Northern Ireland’s NSA for Food and Drink Manufacturing.

Justine Fosh, NSA executive director, said: “The food and drink industry is worth £3bn to the Northern Ireland economy and CAFRE is one of the most dynamic training providers in the region, helping to equip the workforce of the future with the skills required to continue its development.

“In its role as Network Champion, we hope that CAFRE can act as a beacon for other colleges and universities, as well as helping to engage employers across Northern Ireland.”