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NSA plans to double its food and drink training network

The National Skills Academy (NSA) for Food and Drink Manufacturing is calling for new members in an attempt to double its size.

The leading network of training providers offering services to the food and drink industry in the UK is inviting applications from those specialising in areas ranging from dairy to food logistics.

Justine Fosh, director of the NSA for Food and Drink Manufacture, said: "Becoming a member of the NSA network means being recognised by industry as a leader in delivering occupational training. The accreditation process is rigorous to ensure only the very best providers are brought on board, so being a NSA member really is a badge of honour."

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The NSA currently holds 24 members, and successful applicants will be able join existing networks, or form new ones, as in the case of food logistics. Additionally, members have the opportunity to take leadership of a specialised network, guiding its organisation and development to meet employers’ needs to become Network Champion.

The NSA for Food and Drink Manufacturing gained £1million of funding in its first full year after being founded in September 2007. It was also able to deliver training to more that 3,500 food and drink employees.

Mr Fosh added: "It brings other benefits, too. Network members will have access to an expanded customer base, excellent marketing opportunities and, potentially, extra funding."

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