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Cardiff University wins place on Food Skills Cymru framework

16 Mai 2019

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We are delighted to announce that the University is now part of the approved Training Provider Framework for the Food Skills Cymru Programme.

The programme, delivered by Lantra, supports businesses within the Welsh food and drink processing and manufacturing industry to ensure employees have the right skills and training for their business and the wider industry.

The Food & Drink Supply Chain is important to the Welsh economy in terms of employment, income and the contribution it makes to tourism. As the largest employment sector in Wales, making up almost 20% of all employment and contributes c.£6.9bn of sales revenue into the Welsh economy, the Welsh Government have identified the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry as a priority sector.

£1.2million of funding is available for the completion of accredited and non-accredited technical and staff development training, depending on the requirements of the business.

We are delighted to be confirmed as a Training Provider for this exciting and important new initiative to support the Welsh Food and Drink industry. As a large research-intensive university, we are able to draw on a range of world-class knowledge to create cutting-edge short courses for this important sector in Wales. Notable areas of expertise pertinent to the sector include logistics and supply chain management, sustainable food production, as well as a wide range of both strategic and operational-level leadership and management short courses. The funding available is able to contribute towards training designed and delivered on a bespoke basis and we encourage food and drink businesses to use this opportunity to contact us to explore the breadth and depth of Cardiff University’s inter-disciplinary expertise available to businesses.

Dr Phil Swan Rheolwr Datblygu Busnes - Coleg y Celfyddydau, y Dyniaethau a’r Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol

What the University can offer Welsh businesses

The University has a wealth of expertise available across a variety of subject areas. We have identified over 80 potential topics, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of Cardiff Business School and the wider University (including the Sustainable Places Research Institute and the Water Research Institute) where we are able to deliver cutting-edge training.

Programmes offered to businesses will be delivered in a practical, focused and accessible way, using real life examples from within the food and drink industry. The programme content and delivery will be designed to facilitate the application of new knowledge as quickly as possible when back in the workplace.

Potential topics for training programmes

Business Management and Leadership and Management 

General Business Management topics currently delivered to organisations on an open and bespoke basis to clients by Cardiff Business School’s Executive Education team:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Digital Leadership
  • Operations Management
  • High Performing Teams
  • HR and Performance Management
  • Finance Management
  • Strategic Management.

Business Management courses, currently offered on an open or bespoke basis by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Unit:

  • Business Writing Skills
  • Confident Communication
  • Presentation Skills
  • Workplace Coaching for Managers
  • Managing Performance for Results
  • Train the Trainer
  • Developing a Communication Strategy

Project and Programme management courses

  • Project Management training course
  • Managing Successful Programmes® (MSP)
  • Implementing organisational change
  • PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner course
  • AgilePM® Foundation and Practitioner course
  • Blended versions of PRINCE2® and MSP® courses.

Environmental Management 

The following topics can be delivered drawing on the expertise of Cardiff University’s Panalpina Centre for Manufacturing and Logistics Research, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Water Research Institute, and School of Geography and Planning

  • Development of sustainable food production
  • Developing sustainability into supply chains and environmental standards (drawing on the lessons learnt and examples from the recent research on banana production)
  • Place-based food interactions
  • Links between food retailers, globalisation, and the low-carbon economy
  • Transforming and Growing Relationships within regional food systems for Improved Nutrition and Sustainability (drawing on the learnings of the recent T-Grains project funded by the Global Food Security Programme)
  • Food sustainability in farmers’ markets, CSA and solidarity purchasing groups
  • Rethinking urban-rural linkages through sustainable food systems
  • How to link local food production and local consumption
  • Understanding the issues facing small organic enterprises, and how food producers can support them
  • How to establish relationships of trust and mutual understanding between suppliers and producers
  • CSR for food producers: how to support contributions to societal and environmental goals
  • Developing resilient agri-food systems
  • The impact of climate change on future food chains
  • Environmental and social implications of food waste
  • Smart tools and methods to minimise food waste
  • Sustainable management of the use of water
  • Using water more wisely.

ICT and Sales and Marketing 

Data collection and management – building from the recent work of Sustainable Places Research Institute to help organic food growing businesses in Wales improve their operations through collective data gathering and sharing.

  • Introduction to Digital Marketing
  • Advanced Digital Marketing
  • Website Design and Management
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Ads training course
  • Writing for the Web
  • Search Engine Optimisation.
  • Understanding supply chains
  • Future food supply chains
  • Forecasting and inventory control related to ‘Make to Stock’ production and short-shelf life issues
  • Dealing with Demand Uncertainty (e.g. Newsvendor Models)
  • Modelling of Logistics Operations
  • Smart Logistics for Supply Chain
  • Circular Economy for generating value from wastes generated within internal operations
  • Advanced Inventory Forecast Management
  • Modelling supply chains
  • Lean, Six Sigma, Agility for achieving high quality, speed of delivery, flexible and dependable operations
  • Vertical and Horizontal Collaboration
  • Smart Manufacturing through Data Analytics
  • Knowledge flows within agri-food systems
  • Global food security.
  • Embedding innovation
  • Big Data and Innovation with the context of food and drink production
  • Data Visualisation Techniques
  • Popular robust forecasting methods
  • Intelligent Manufacturing Systems.
  • Feeding Britain: Food Security after Brexit: how food, food security and food regulation are being addressed
  • Raising awareness of Agri-food policy debates following the BREXIT referendum and CAP reform post 2020 linked to Cardiff University’s Rural Policy Research
  • Supply Chain Management (particularly nearshoring / Aldi model approach related to Brexit) – The Logistics and Operations Management section of Cardiff University (specialist areas)
  • Understanding European regulations and standards in Global Business
  • Brexit and implications on immigration for employers – Wales Centre for Public Policy
  • Policy and politics in uncertain times – Wales Centre for Public Policy
  • Industrial relations in European countries – A range of Industrial relations expertise across Cardiff Business School
  • Cultural Communications – range of expertise across Cardiff Business School and School of Journalism, Media, and Culture.

Further background

The Welsh Government has identified the Food & Drink Manufacturing Industry as a priority sector; subsequently, the Food & Drink Board was established to oversee the delivery of the Wales Food & Drink Industry Action Plan 2014 – 2020. A collaboration of relevant skills councils representing the food supply chain in Wales produced a detailed report on the food supply chain in Wales which concluded that a number of skills related issues need to be addressed.

Lantra has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government to deliver the Food Skills Cymru Programme. There is £1.2million worth of funding available.

How to apply

If your organisation is a food and drink processing or manufacturing business based in Wales, you can apply for funding to support your staff training and development programme.

The amount of funding available for completing training courses is dependent on the size of the business:

  • Micro businesses - up to 80% (1 – 10 employees)
  • Small and medium employers - up to 70% (11 – 249 employees)
  • Large organisations - up to 50% (> 250 employees)

For more information visit the Food Skills Cymru website.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about bespoke or tailored professional development training opportunities, and how the University can work with you to help your business, please contact Phil Swan, Business Development Manager at the CPD Unit:

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