The industry currently employs approximately 230,000 people, which represents 18% of the total Welsh workforce: this makes food and drink the largest combined industry across Wales, generating approximately £6.5 billion of sales revenue year after year.
Recognised by the Welsh Government as a priority sector in its Economic Renewal Policy, the food and drink supply chain is absolutely vital to the Welsh economy in terms of employment, income and the contribution it makes to tourism.
Begun in October 2010, The Welsh Food and Drink Skills Project aims to makes sure that this fundamental industry to Wales remains so for years to come, by identifying and delivering the skills required to sustain and increase this sector even further.
We do this by strengthening the food and drink supply chain (FDSC), which consists of 4 key industries:
- Primary production
- Food and drink manufacturing
The Project is led by Lantra, the land-based and environmental industries Sector Skills Council, in conjunction with the food and drink manufacturing (Improve Ltd), tourism, hospitality and retail (People 1st Cymru) Sector Skills Councils. The Project is supported by the Sector Priorities Fund Pilot (SPFP) programme with funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government.
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After an initial 6 month consultation period we issued our first report in October 2011, which was launched at the ‘Food: Growing It, Making It, Selling It’ conference in Llandudno. In it we surveyed over 2,000 businesses from across Wales.
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