New education focuses on locally produced food in Norrbotten
This autumn, the new Higher Vocational Education course Mathantverkare (Foodmaker) starts in Boden, with a clear ambition to increase the local investment in locally produced and artisanal food and food producers in Norrbotten. The education is run by Changemaker Educations, which for several years has been running educations in games, web development and tourism based at Boden Business Park.
An increased demand for local produce, more conscious food consumers and food tourism as a trend - the interest in food and local producers has probably never been as great as it is now. With the education 'Foodmaker', the students get the tools to start up and run a small-scale business in the food industry themselves, or to scale up their already existing business. The training is also aimed at those who work or want to work at established companies and help them grow in a conscious and sustainable way.
"We at Changemaker Educations are very happy that we can run an education in food craft and food in Boden, Norrbotten. We are already established in the gaming industry at Boden Business Park, but our goal is to also be a strong player in Food and Tourism with sustainability in focus. Our ambition is to help and support local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in the food industry through the new education", says Lina Ekström Morin, Changemaker Educations.
Interest in locally produced, local and 'real' food has increased recently in both Norrbotten and the whole of Sweden. Boden Municipality is one of the actors that supports the initiative and sees great value in the education from a business perspective.
"Our latest puzzle piece has fallen into place! We who work with growth see good opportunities in strengthening the industry's development, which is in line with existing development strategies. For long-term sustainable food production, this education creates the conditions for both the individual and the entrepreneurs", says Jörgen Nordqvist, business developer Boden Business Park.
Several food companies in the region stand behind the training and will be involved in the design going forward. One of them is Polarbröd, which sees that more competence in the food industry is needed locally.
"It is so funny that Boden has received this training in food crafts. We at Polarbröd are working to strengthen our local networks through the CHARM project with the hope of being able to find collaborations for future products in the future. The fact that Boden contributes by training the foodmakers of the future feels very exciting. Together we will put northern Sweden on the food map", says Karin Bodin, CEO at Polarbröd.
Other food and tourism companies behind the education include J. Petterssons Chark i Boden, Bondgården Bälinge, Quality Hotel Bodensia, Järnspisens Matbod, Elite Hotel Mimer, Umeå, Arjeplog hotell Silverhatten AB – Silver Resort, Tegelbrukets hantverksmejeri, Treehotel and Utblick-Huuva Hideaway.