The funds, matched by an industry investment pledge of £2.5milion, will see the UK’s six largest dairy companies work with the Academy to deliver a range of co-ordinated skills training programmes designed to produce the workforce skills necessary to develop and manufacture new value-added dairy products, further increase productivity and promote sustainability.
The consortium bid, led by Arla Foods and supported by the Skills Academy, has been backed by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills as part of the Government’s new Industrial Strategy which sees the balance of ownership of the design of vocational training programmes shift from government to employers.
Announcing the award, Business secretary Vince Cable said: “By giving businesses the opportunity to shape and set their own training agenda, we’re giving them the power to enrich their workforce with the fundamental skills needed for their future success.”
The new skills initiative, dubbed House of Eden (European Dairy Education Network), is aimed at producing the technologists, engineers, logistics and supply chain specialists?
“House of Eden is fundamentally about giving learners a ‘real’ education – not just technical job aspects and competences but the core values associated with the industry, the pride and the passion to drive the UK industry to become the best in Europe,” said Academy Executive Director Justine Fosh.
“The radical approach taken by businesses representing 80 per cent of the UK dairy workforce clearly impressed government. We’re proud to be playing a part in helping them take genuine ownership of skills, seeing competing companies working together for the common good and pushing their skills vision right across the supply chain.”
Management of the The House of Eden programme has been delegated to the National Skills Academy by the Eden Industry Action Group which is made up of senior HR executives from each of the UK’s major dairy businesses.
“We want employers to seize this opportunity and work together to come up with radical proposals to develop the skills the workforce needs to support industry growth,” Added Justine.
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