For the sector as a whole, the following three soft-skills are reported as lacking the most among 16-19 year olds: attitude; oral communication; and motivation/commitment. The main technical skills lacking are reported to be: food safety; health and safety; and food hygiene.

Source: UK Labour Market Information Profile 2009/2010

Training

Source: UK Labour Market Information Profile 2009/2010 and The Business Benefits of Training in the Food and Drink manufacturing Sector 2008

Higher education

Source: Enrolments onto Food and Drink Higher education courses 2006/2007 and Destinations of Food and Drink Higher education leavers 2006/2007