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Set to be introduced later this Spring in England and Wales, the Food & Drink Careers Passport offers pre-entry accreditation to job hunters seeking entry-level roles.

The system has been designed to make it easier for employers to find new recruits with food safety, HACCP, health and safety and allergen awareness accreditation. The scheme speeds up interview short-listing and job onboarding, saving time and money for firms and fast-tracking eager and committed new talent into the sector.

Louise Cairns, chief executive of the NSAFD said: “The new Passport is proof that holders will arrive at interview with core food manufacturing compliance certification.

“All Passport holders have made a readily-evident choice to seek a career in food and drink and have put the work in to prove it. They’re engaged and eager to start.”

Industry support

Businesses that have already pledged support for the passport included Premier Foods, Gressingham Foods, Glanbia Cheese, Greencore and Pukka Pies.

Premier Foods operations and early careers business partner Julie Harris said: “The new Passport scheme eases the path into new employment across all age groups.

“We see it as particularly relevant to engage with and encourage young talent and those from excluded groups into the sector. It provides exactly the kind of easily accessible, structured and supportive first step toward a worthwhile career that people want and appreciate.” 

Employers can use the passport to identify entry-level candidates with pre-interview compliance certification in: Food Safety Level 2; HACCP Level 2; Health & Safety Level 2; and Allergens Awareness.