Innovative practice in work-based learning – fresh produce supply chain management development in the UK.

Development of a work-based Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) in Food and Fresh Produce Management through a partnership between Harper Adams University College and Management Development Services.

Year of Publication2010

The UK fresh produce industry is both complex and diverse. It can be characterised as a highly fragmented industry but nevertheless with some significant players. There is an overriding trend towards supply chain concentration in the industry and high levels of competition, with multiple retailers seeking to deal with a reduced number of suppliers. For many years the industry has experienced problems recruiting the number and quality of staff required, with vacancies available throughout the supply chain; this is possibly related to the poor image the industry holds, particularly among graduates. This situation provided the impetus for the development of a work-based postgraduate qualification developed by a partnership of Harper Adams University College and Management Development Services (MDS Ltd), a consortium of UK-based fresh produce companies.

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