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MAFF backs TCS scheme.

MAFF Backs TCS Scheme

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is providing 300,000 [pounds] a year to encourage the better use of 'leading edge' technology in the food processing industry. MAFF is to become a sponsor of the Teaching Company Scheme which links the needs of industry with the resources and expertise of Britain's universities and polytechnics.

Under this scheme, companies seeking to introduce technological or managerial changes will be paired with senior academic experts who will help company staff to design and supervise an appropriate development programme to be carried out within the company.

The MAFF sponsorship will run for an initial three year period and its five major objectives are: to attract high calibre scientists and engineers into the food industry; to improve awareness within higher education of the technological challenges facing the industry and the commercial constraints on innovation; to improve the food industry's knowledge of current academic research and show how this can be used for successful market exploitation; and to improve postgraduate training through direct contact with industry and to ensure that research is focused on market needs. There are already some 400 Teaching Company programmes in operation throughout the UK but readers wanting more information should contact the organization at Hillside House, 79 London Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, tel: 0367 242822.
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Title Annotation:Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to sponsor the Teaching Company Scheme
Publication:Food Trade Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jul 1, 1991
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