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The Association for European Dairy Industry Learning (AEDIL) was established in 1992 by European organisations, which were responsible for the vocational education and training in the dairy sector in their countries. Soon, other countries joined the association, with dairy oriented group associations and societies who particularly support the needs of vocational, further and continuing training in the dairy sector. Meanwhile the number of members has increased to 15 members.

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EU-project approved: Mapping skills needs and supply in the dairy sector

 

AEDIL has successfully applied for EU-funding for a project, which will produce recommendations on how to meet the skills required by the European dairy sector.

AEDIL (Association of European Dairy Industry Learning) is a European network of dairy stakeholders in 15 countries.

 

The project is composed of four major processes: development of a framework for research of skills needs and supply in the dairy sector; research in 13 countries; analysis of the data collected and finally recommendations on how to close the gaps and even out mismatches found in the research.

The project has a duration of 3 years and will start by the end of 2016.

 

The research will be undertaken in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, UK, Norway and Turkey.

 

The rationale behind the project is that the European dairy sector is rapidly changing towards more concentrated and specialized production and the global demands for dairy products are growing. This situation matched with an education supply that is not fully geared to provide the skills needed by the labour market, display a strong need for comprehensive knowledge on skills demands and skills supply within the European dairy sector.

 

Organizations participating in the project

 

  • Danish Dairy Managers Association, Denmark
  • Arla Foods amba, Denmark
  • Professional Dairy Association (MVL), Finland
  • French Association of Graduates from Dairy Schools (AFDIL), France
  • German Technical Dairy Employees Organisation (ZDM)
  • VHL University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Association of the Poland Dairy Industry, Poland
  • Uludag University Karacabey, Turkey
  • The National Skills Academy for Food &Drink, UK
  • The Finnish Food and Drink Industries’ Federation (ETL), Finland
  • Association of Dairy Teachers in EU (EUROPEL)

 

Full summary and rationale behind the project

 

The European dairy sector is rapidly changing towards more concentrated and specialized production and the global demands for dairy products are growing. This situation matched with an education supply that is not fully geared to provide the skills needed by the labour market, display a strong need for comprehensive knowledge on skills demands and skills supply within the European dairy sector.

 

The overall objective of this project is a competitive European dairy sector where the industry and education sector collaborate to meet changing demands and trends. The immediate objective is to provide the sector with consolidated recommendations on training provision to meet the skills required by the labour market.

 

AEDIL (Association of European Dairy Industry Learning) is a European network of dairy stakeholders in 15 countries. 11 member-organizations undertake this project in the auspices of AEDIL with 40 participating bodies (10 universities, 9 VET-providers, 4 enterprises, 2 skills councils, 9 employers’ associations, 3 employees associations, 1 chamber of commerce, 1 national sectoral agency, 1 labour market research institute).

The project is composed of four major processes: development of a framework for research of skills needs and supply in the dairy sector; research in 13 countries; analysis of the data collected and finally recommendations on how to close the gaps and even out mismatches found in the research.

 

The expected impact on dairy schools and universities is that they will be better suited to upgrade and improve their curriculum and to create a more attractive and business-oriented dairy education that appeals to students and young workers.

 

The expected impact on dairy enterprises is that they will know which educational institutions in Europe that educate graduates with the skills they need. This will enable a more flexible recruitment approach and a mobile workforce.

 

The project will deliver forecasts on skills needs and trends five years ahead and a collection of Best Practices on Work Based Learning from the dairy industry.

A long-term benefit is that the industry will have a sufficient workforce with the right competences. Furthermore, AEDIL will be a flagship of effective collaboration between the world of work, science and education for coherency between skills demands and skills supply.

 

 

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Nordic Dairy Congress adds value to Dairy

 

The count-down for the Nordic Dairy Congress 2017 recently passed 100 days. An ambitious programme with insightful and state of the art substance awaits the participants of the congress, which is held in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark 7-9 June 2017.

The 44th Nordic Dairy Congress brings together prominent speakers from around the world within the areas of Green Solutions, Healthy Dairy Products, Improving Efficiency and All-Time High Food Safety from both the academic world as well as the industry. Furthermore, the opening is in hands of the CEO of Scandinavia’s largest dairy company Arla Foods amba, Mr. Peder Tuborgh.

 

Applicable solutions to dairy
The Coordinator of the Programme Committee, Grith Mortensen, is delighted by the outcome of months of hard work. She considers the programme to be covering some of the key challenges faced by the dairy industry in 2017 with applicable solutions.
- It has been imperative for us that all speakers focus on how their knowledge adds value to the entire dairy industry and make it applicable, she says referring to the title of the conference, Adding Value.

Grith Mortensen looks forward to share two days with friends and colleagues adding value to dairy.

 

Flash talks and difficult decisions
As an especially positive and new feature of the programme, Grith Mortensen draws attention to the flash talks. For each of the four subtitles: Green solutions; All-time High Food Safety; Improving Efficiency and Healthy Dairy Products there will be three short presentations.
– There has been great enthusiasm among young Ph.D.-students and postdocs, and unfortunately, we had to turn down loads of good presentations, which we would have love to bring on.

Asked what she is most eager to attend at the conference, Grith Mortensen states that exactly that is her core problem:
- I would love to be able to attend to parallel sessions at a time in order not to miss out on anything. Which means that this is the biggest problem. Now, being part of the planning, I must be at the Green Solutions session – and I am really looking forward to that.

 

Prominent panel debate
The congress concludes with a panel debate, where specially invited and prominent people from the industry bring perspective to the new knowledge with time for discussions and inputs. The panel speakers are Thomas Hahlin Ahlinder, Global Sales Director, DuPont, Niels Petter Wright, CEO, Elopak, Monica Gimre, Vice President, Tetra Pak Processing, Svend Aage Linde, CEO, Eurofins, Åke Hantoft, Chairman of the board, Arla Foods and Karen Hækkerup, CEO, Danish Agriculture & Food Council.

 

The full programme may be viewed HERE.

Early-bird registration with a € 100 discount ends on 15 March. After this date the full price, including social events, is € 995. For registration click HERE.

 

The Nordic Dairy Congresses have been celebrated every second or third year for the past 100 years almost. The first congress was held in Oslo, Norway in 1920 and the 2017-Congress will be the 44th.

What:         Nordic Dairy Congress
When:        7th – 9th June 2017
Where:       Copenhagen, Denmark
Who:          People who passions dairy
How:          Register at www.nordicdairycongress.com
Deadline:   Early bird with € 100 discount March 15th 2017
                   Regular deadline: May 22nd 2017