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Central Coast Food Alliance
EdTalk Video: The Benefits of the food Industry and Schools working together
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The manufacturing sector in general has been declining and with it, its reputation as an area of great career opportunity. Food manufacturing and processing has been impacted by this.
The career opportunities in the food industry are wide ranging and the sector offers a number of exciting career paths. The recent release of the Federal governments Food and Beverage National Manufacturing priority road report highlights the sector growth opportunities in automation of continuous control systems, robotics, sophisticated monitoring systems and a range of innovative foods and beverages.
As a consequence, we are engaging with high schools and our local university to promote the food sector with a view to educate students about Food industry, its career opportunities and education pathways to get there.
The Central Coast Food Alliance is part of the roll out of IBM’s PTECH program on the NSW Central Coast and through this experience has seen the opportunities that are created from industry working with schools. In this video you will hear from Frank Sammut Executive Director at Central Coast Food Alliance and Peter Crane who was the R&D Director at Mars and is now a director at Food Futures. They will talk about the outcomes for students, teachers and industry and why this process is so important for developing future talent for the sector.
Frank Sammut is a mechanical engineer with a career spanning over 40 years in the food manufacturing and engineering sectors. In recent times he has held senior operational roles with PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay and being Operations Director at Snack Brands Australia, Arnotts Snack Foods and Saralee. Across all organisations he has held multidisciplinary responsibility for Engineering, Logistics, Procurement, Manufacturing operations, Customer service and R&D and included overseeing multiple sites across Australia.
Currently Frank is the Executive Director of Central Coast Industry Connect (CCIC)- a not for profit organisation supporting and representing Central Coast manufacturers. Through CCIC he has established the Central Coast Food Alliance whose main objective is to foster the development of a thriving Food, Agriculture and Beverage industry that contributes to the social and economic development of the NSW Central Coast.