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Hartlepool College joins National Academy.

Tees Valley-based Hartlepool College of Further Education, recently subject of a move to a new [pounds sterling]53 million state-of-the-art campus, has joined the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink as a specialist provider of development training and coaching for the UK's food manufacturing industry.

College involvement further expands the number of Academy-affiliated training and education organisations around the UK providing specialist development support to food and drink manufacturing--now the country's largest manufacturing sector and increasingly reliant on high-tech production equipment requiring skilled engineering and technician support.

Hartlepool College and it's strategic partner Sora Group, which has already built strong relationships with food businesses like Greggs, Warburtons, and KP Foods, will offer training as part of three specialist Academy groups offering expert skills development in robotics and automation, engineering maintenance and leadership and management.

"Our ability to devise and implement innovative and bespoke training and qualifications for the food and drink industry adds value to the Academy and so provides mutual benefit for all involved," said Assistant Principal Andrew Steel.

"In many manufacturing organisations, the typical career path of an employee tends to focus on promotion as a result of technical skills ability, not management capability or potential.

"Our strategic approach in food and drink manufacturing is to change this mindset to encompass all aspects of skills and strategy across apprentice, technician and management roles within a business." "By fusing together funded provision with world class coaching and consultancy, we are able to provide support in areas such as TPM, Maintenance Strategy and Management, and increasing production and service efficiency within businesses"

"The skill development facilities at Hartlepool are excellent and a valuable addition to our position as the premier source of quality specialist training for all aspects of food and drink manufacturing," said Justine Posh, director of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink.

Contact National Skills Academy for Food & Drink on tel 0845 644 0448 or visit
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Title Annotation:EVOLUTION
Publication:Food Trade Review
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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