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Expanded role for skills specialist at the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing

appointed head of skills solutions

Liz Pattison has been appointed head of skills solutions for Improve and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing.

The new position has been created following a major restructure which has seen the food and drink sector skills council’s operating and marketing teams merge with the Academy.
Liz joined the National Skills Academy as a business development manager in 2007 following three years as head of the learning and skills department within the Food and Drink Forum in the East Midlands.

In her new role she is responsible for ensuring the continued establishment and delivery of a consistent and effective National Skills Academy provider network and additional solutions development as necessary to facilitate a professional and high quality delivery of skills solutions under the National Skills Academy banner.

“The purpose of the reorganisation is to enable Improve and the National Skills Academy to offer employers better access to the very best training services available,” said Liz. “Training which is tailored to meet employers’ specific needs and which delivers real benefits to their business.

“The new skills solutions team is able to work much more closely with employers to discuss their individual needs and direct them to the most appropriate training providers from our National Skills Academy network. It means information and advice about training and skills is derived from a single source, improving efficiency and potentially cutting costs.”

The restructure has come in response to the demands of employers who require a more highly skilled workforce and more accessible, flexible and cost-effective training. Improve and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing will still operate under separate brands but their operations, from consultancy and advice through to skills delivery, are now more closely aligned under the same business structure. There is a single board of directors for both organisations to guide and ensure the focus is on meeting employers’ skills needs through the integration of operations. Improve’s other functions as the strategic skills body for the food and drink industry, including qualifications development and reform and research on labour market intelligence and insight, will continue as before.

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