Succession planning and ways of identifying talent is becoming even more important in the food sector, especially in declining disciplines such as engineering. This article discusses some of the facts around this.
Growing engineering skills shortages in UK food and drink manufacturing are threatening the ability of the sector to adapt to the ‘brave new world’ post the Brexit vote, industry experts have warned. With skilled overseas staff likely to be squeezed by tighter immigration rules, the UK would be even more dependent on home-grown talent, some have argued. More engineers will be needed who have a strong grasp of advanced technologies, as these will determine companies’ future competitive edge. But the signs are not promising, warned the EEF, formerly the Engineering Employers’ Federation.