Grimsby leads new national skills initiative – Fishupdate.com

Grimsby leads new national skills initiative Published:  19 February, 2007

One of the other four Academy Training Centres is at the University of Lincoln, Holbeach Campus

TWO leading education and training organisations in Grimsby are at the

forefront of a new national initiative to drive up skills in the UK

workforce.

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education and training company

Peter Rowley Ltd are among the first six accredited Academy Training

Centres within the new £4.4 million National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing.

Set to open in April and forecast to deliver new skills to at least 28,000 people during its first four years, it is only the fourth of a new network of sector-based National Skills Academies to be established. It is the culmination of more than two years of research, planning and development by leading employers, including Grimsby-based Young’s Seafood, and co-ordinated by Improve, the food and drink sector skills council.

The academy will be administered from Improve’s head offices at York,

while the majority of training programmes will be delivered through a

network of approved Academy Training Centres, each with its own specialist areas. Grimsby Institute is to be a specialist centre for fish-processing skills, while Peter Rowley Ltd is to specialise in lean manufacturing.

The other four Academy Training Centres are the University of Lincoln

Holbeach Campus (chilled ready meals); Poultec Training, Dereham in

Norfolk (meat and poultry); Reaseheath College in Nantwich (dairy); and Johnson Diversey in Northampton (food hygiene). More are planned and it is anticipated that there will be up to 35 such centres within three years.

A key benefit of the academy is that it will draw upon the best expertise available in order to develop new training programmes and learning units specifically to meet the needs of employers. Already there are ideas in the pipeline for about 40 new programmes and units, which eventually will be accessed through the new academy.

Daniel Khan, principal of Grimsby Institute, said: “We are delighted at the prospect of being one of the first approved Academy Training Centres for the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing. The Grimsby Institute has long been regarded as a leading light in the provision of specialist fish processing training and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to impart our knowledge of the sector through the new academy.”

Peter Rowley Ltd, based in Dudley Street, Grimsby, has been working in the field of lean manufacturing for 10 years, during which time the company has developed a particular expertise in the food and drink sector and has devised a wide range of food-specific training materials.

The programmes aim to deliver productivity improvements by first educating the entire workforce, from boardroom to shop floor, about the benefits of lean systems. The implementation phase is driven by senior managers in the client organisation, who first undergo an intensive four-day programme about managing the change to lean manufacturing.

Peter Rowley said: “Our membership of the academy will enable us to help in the promotion of lean manufacturing more widely within the food and drink manufacturing sector, and to link with others in the field to ensure that the highest standard of training resources are available throughout the country. We aim to help manufacturers become more competitive, which will also help to deliver increased job opportunities for skilled workers.”

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