The Food Skills Cymru programme delivered by Lantra supports businesses within the Welsh food and drink manufacturing industry to ensure employees have the right skills and training to strengthen the industry as a whole.
Funding is available for the completion of technical and staff development training, and the project can support accredited, non-accredited and bespoke training.
The amount of funding available for completing training courses is dependent on the size of the business:
- Micro businesses (1 – 10 employees) – up to 80%
- Small and medium employers (11 – 249 employees) – up to 70%
- Large organisations (> 250 employees) – up to 50%
Working across all sectors within the Welsh food and drink manufacturing industry, the programme will help prepare employees across Wales to adapt to future economic and environmental challenges and position them to capitalise on opportunities for business development and growth.
Eligible businesses wanting to access the funding available to support with the cost of completing training courses will need to engage with Lantra and complete a Skills Diagnostic Tool that will help businesses identify and prioritise training needs.
Food Skills Cymru also manages a Jobs Notice Board: this is a fully funded service to help businesses with recruitment and advertising vacancies, collaborating with the Department for Work and Pensions and job centres to help get people back into work.
An element of the programme covers ‘Wales. A Food Destination’, a project which supports Welsh businesses from the hospitality sector to source, serve and sell Welsh food and drink through cafés, restaurants, shops, farmers markets, food festivals, B&Bs, tourist attractions, etc.
Lantra has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government to deliver the Food Skills Cymru Programme.