Asian hospitality expo FHA-Food & Beverage signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nanyang Polytechnic’s Asian Culinary Institute Singapore (NYP-ACI), in a bid to deepen cooperation in advancing the future of the food and beverage industry.

Through the MOU, both parties will work together to organise and launch the NYP Learning Studio during FHA-Food & Beverage, from March 31 - April 3 2020 at the Singapore Expo.

The MOU, in force for three years, was signed by Chris Kilbee, executive director for ASEAN at Informa Markets, the organisers of FHA, and Charlene Ang, director fo NYP-ACI, at the Food Services Transformation Conference 2019, held at the Lifelong Learning Institute.

"We are pleased to sign this MOU with NYP-ACI, for it places us in a prime position to offer a wider platform for sharing best practices, knowledge exchange and skills upgrading to FHA participants,” said Kilbee. “We look forward to working closely with NYP-ACI to address the knowledge gap the workforce in Singapore is facing, and support companies in their business transformation journeys.”

Aimed at promoting continuous learning and reskilling, the NYP Learning Studio will help participants cope with rapidly changing needs. The four-day seminar and workshop series will focus on developing manpower capabilities, enhancing skills and competencies, and improving productivity for the sector.

The curriculum will place special emphasis on health and nutrition, sustainability, food waste management, successful franchising, design thinking, risk management in business and digital marketing in hospitality.

“As NYP’s Continuing Education & Training arm in culinary studies, NYP-ACI is invested in ensuring that our food services workforce remains competitive by providing opportunities for skills deepening and re-skilling while supporting companies in adopting the latest trends and technologies," said Charlene Ang.

"Working closely with the industry to co-create new solutions and initiatives for the rapidly-evolving F&B sector is our priority.  This collaboration with Informa Markets is one such example."

The MOU signing was witnessed by guests of honour Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of Education, Ng Cher Pong, chief executive of SkillsFuture Singapore, and Jeanne Liew, principal and chief executive officer of NYP.