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Create a Winning Workforce in Food and Drink


Workforce Innovation: Do you want to find out how to significantly improve your food and drink operation without leaving your workspace?

Join us for the next Make Innovation Happen Webinar, Create a Winning Workforce in Food and Drink”

Tuesday 1st October 2019
11am -12pm

This webinar is aimed at food and drink businesses and, with follow up support from Make Innovation Happen, is a unique opportunity to hear from experts who will inspire and motivate you to act on a range of possibilities for workforce innovation.

“Workforce Innovation” is high on the agenda of those outward looking businesses with a focus on growth and is key to addressing the evolving market environment in which the food and drink sector operates. It’s more than just Human Resource (HR) it’s about the workplace, its operation and the challenge of inspiring the workforce of the future. Whether you are the business owner, one of the HR team or a manufacturing team leader this webinar is for you.

Our three speakers, including a case study from Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd, will guide participants through available resources and use case studies to highlight the opportunities out there for workforce innovation. Participants will be able to direct questions to each speaker during the webinar and will have access to follow up support. This webinar provides a unique opportunity and is easily accessible from your workplace.

The webinar is just 45 minutes long so why not join us and bring along your colleagues and managers too. It’s easy to register and we’ll keep you up to date with reminders.

Register here.

Webinar ID 851-436-619


Speaker Details

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland   

Moira manages FDF Scotland's skills initiative – A Future in Food - which is funded by Scottish Government through Scotland Food & Drink. A Future in Food helps a wide range of parties to better understand the career opportunities available in Scotland’s food and drink industry. This is done in a variety of ways and includes highlighting key skills required by employers and the progression routes and pathways available to achieve these.  Moira works closely with a wide range of stakeholders and partners from both industry and community. She actively engages with both sectors to develop and deliver an inspiring programme for the future of our industry.

She is a member of the Scotland Food & Drink Skills Board and will give a comprehensive presentation on skill toolkits and resources that are available to support workplace innovation.   


Jane McCusker, HR Department, Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd

Dawnfresh is one of the UK’s largest producers of fish and seafood.  They have their own Trout farms across Scotland and Northern Ireland and have over 600 employees including up to 200 temporary employees during their peak production times.  Dawnfresh manufacture products for the main retailers in the UK and also export fish worldwide.

Having worked in HR within the aquaculture industry for almost 25 years Jane leads a team of 9 HR and L&D professionals who support the Dawnfresh Group.  Jane recognises that people are the greatest asset a business has and to capitalise on this, building capability and flexibility in a multi-skilled workforce is key to success.

Jane will present a case study highlighting examples of good practice and will look at how industry is addressing skills shortages / gaps through workforce innovation.  She will explain how Dawnfresh has engaged with its local community to look at local need and has undertaken, for example, a flexible approach to shift patterns and other innovative workforce solutions.


Rachel Mirfattahi, Sector Engagement Executive at Interface

A graduate from Reading University, Rachel worked for several years as a Food Technologist working in development for Jus-Rol and Grampian Country Foods. She then directed her knowledge of the industry to join Oracle, where she spent 15 years delivery training and consultancy on their specification and recipe management system "Creations".  Rachel then joined the Scotland Food and Drink Skills Academy working with food and drink SMEs on training and skills development before joining Interface as Sector Engagement Executive. She is a member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Rachel will provide examples of how food and drink enterprises can benefit from expertise available within our Scottish universities to drive forward innovative thinking around their workforce management.


Event Programme

11.15 - Welcome  – Helen Glass, SAOS

11.20 –Toolkits and Resources to Support Workforce Innovation  - Moira Stalker, FDFS

Industry Case Study from Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd - Jane McCusker, Dawnfresh

11.35 –Making Workforce Innovation Happen with Scottish Academic Expertise as your Partner - Rachel Mirfattahi, Interface

11.50 – Q&A

Event details


Tue, Oct 1, 2019 | 1 day event




Helen Glass


01505 320298

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