A careers day being hosted by Wisbech Grammar School is set to give a taste of the tempting opportunities that exist for young people planning to work in the food industry.
The aim of the food industry careers day on Saturday, June 6 is to alert pupils aged 11 and upwards and their parents from across East Anglia to the openings that exist in a country with the fourth biggest food and drink industry in the world.
Food is the single largest manufacturing sector in the United Kingdom, and, with its burgeoning hospitality market, the country offers a plum choice of careers ranging from food journalism, food engineering, retailing and food marketing to agriculture, dietetics, nutrition and health promotion.
Head of nutrition Alison Sloan, who is organizing the day and has worked in the food industry for 20 years, said: “I strongly believe that we need to educate people and communicate more effectively about the opportunities that are offered in this sector.
“Many pupils and parents I speak to are not aware of the courses and careers which are available in the food industry in the United Kingdom, let alone globally, and there is a worldwide shortage of food and nutrition graduates.”
During the day, which starts at 10am and finishes at around 3pm, there will be talks and demonstrations from a development chef, a nutritionist, a food journalist and higher education providers – and refreshments will be on sale in the school’s new refectory.
There will also be the chance to mingle with representatives from food based companies and organizations exhibiting at the conference, including Food for Life, the College of West Anglia, environmmental health officers, the National Skills Academy’s Tasty Careers, ALS Food and Pharmaceutical, Bakkavor, Bright Crop and Williams Refrigeration.
Mrs Sloan has appealed for local food businesses which would like to be involved to get in touch with her at the school.