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Food and drink social partners highlight need for targeted action to ensure future of the sector

EFFAT (the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions) and FoodDrinkEurope, Europe’s food and drink manufacturing and processing industry (FDMP) social partners, published in November a major research project on employment and skills in FDMP. The study was presented at a high level conference in Brussels attended by distinguished speakers from the European Commission, academia, trade unions and industry representatives.

The study, conducted by Improve (the UK Sector Skills Council), provides an up-to-date economic analysis of the structure and demographic composition of the FDMP sector and workforce. It also illuminates current and emerging workforce skills and competence needs, gathers best practice examples of employability and up-skilling measures, and lists jobs and career progression pathways in the sector.

The study findings will set the agenda for the future work of the social partners, who have already led numerous joint initiatives since the European Social Dialogue for the food and drink industry was launched in January 2012

This Project VP/2012/001/0021 is co-financed by the European Commission.

Download the study here.

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