Improve, the prospective UK Food and Drink Sector Skills Council, is introduce a multi-skills training academy.

The project will be called The Food and Drink Multiskilling Academy  (FADMA), and establishing the academy will become an immediate priority following Improve's anticipated accreditation in July 2004.

"Research among food and drink manufacturers has shown that, with the increasing complexity of manufacturing operations, traditional roles and responsibilities have become blurred and that more flexibility is required from employers and employees alike, if the food and drink industry is to meet the future with confidence in its ability to deliver world class performance," Improve said in a statement.

Paul Wilkinson, chairman of Improve FDSSC, said: "Under the leadership of Improve Ltd a task force, which will include manufacturers and training providers, will be set up to deliver new and improved qualifications, which will have demonstrable food and drink industry business benefits. Innovations in training delivery from on line learning, workplace development and residential courses will be included. The Academy will target employees at all levels."