Food Standards Agency
The Food Standards Agency have published new guidance for the food industry on reopening and adapting businesses during COVID-19. The portal includes sector-specific advice for agricultural, manufacturing and restaurant operations. View here
The food sector is suffering from a shortage of workers – and a call is going out to the unemployed, redundant, students and those looking for work to help feed the nation.
Many food companies are looking for extra staff, from farms, to food processors, distribution and retail and are collaborating in solutions to keep the nation fed through this difficult time.
A number of schemes have been set up to help get more staff into the food chain, with rapid application processes, usually with an online interview and then quick placement in a job.
National schemes which are recruiting jobs in the food industry include:
- Feed the Nation which has direct links to Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsburys, Ocado and Staffline, as well as major local employers including 2 Sisters Food Group, Karro and Tulip, with tens of thousands of jobs available now
If you are employer with staff who need to be redeployed, the Food and Drink Federation and Association of Labour Providers, who have set up the SWAP scheme:
- Spare Workers Availability Portal (SWAP) linking employers with excess staff to those with shortages
And similarly supporting the Feed the Nation campaign is Deliver to the Nation scheme:
- Deliver to the Nation supporting the increased requirement for logistics and vehicles primarily n the food chain
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) have also set up a matching service to link companies with logistics capacity to those needing more. It has details of thousands of vehicles and drivers who can move goods.