A lot has changed in the food and beverage processing world in the past decade, from regulatory changes to trends in what consumers want to eat and drink.

Consumers want healthy, sustainable, organic and allergen-free foods. They want to know where their food comes from, how it’s packaged and what’s in it.

This is driving new innovations in the sector. It has also had an effect on the kind of skills, knowledge and practices needed.

A new national project will update vocational qualifications to address these changes and give industry the tools it needs to keep up with consumer trends.

Industry consultation will take place throughout, to make sure the qualifications embed the right skills and knowledge, such as traceability, risk management, food fraud, contamination, sustainability and automated and digitalised manufacturing.

Do you work in food and beverage processing? This is your opportunity to have your say on the skills needs of your industry.

Advice is being sought on the existing qualifications and skills standards. To view the current documents and provide your ideas about how they could better serve your industry, visit the project page.

Over the coming months there will be further opportunities for input, including workshops, webinars and an opportunity to comment on the draft skills standards that will be published on the Skills Impact website.

Training providers: Are you currently teaching and assessing these qualifications, or plan to in the future? Skills Impact is interested in your views about how they might be improved to better support training delivery. Click here to complete a survey.

The project is being managed by Skills Impact and overseen by the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC).