23 August 2012
GCSE results day: Apprenticeships - a great route into food and drink!
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Not sure about the uni route? Worried about how you'll pay to get a degree?
Then why not consider doing an apprenticeship with some of the world's most
loved food and drink brands? Food and drink is the UK's largest manufacturing
and has got loads to offer!
Apprenticeships can be a fantastic route into the food industry and are offered
in a wide variety of roles including engineering, technical roles, food science
Enabling you to earn whilst you learn, apprenticeships give you an invaluable
opportunity to gain experience, which will be vital when you look to secure a
permanent role. Pay and prospects are good, with many employers paying you up
£15,000 a year whilst helping you gain the qualifications you need.
The UK food and drink manufacturing industry is very supportive of
apprenticeships and has pledged to double the number in the sector by the end
meaning that you can expect to see even more opportunities coming through.
The food and drink manufacturing sector needs around 137,000 new recruits by
2017 to maintain its position as a world-class industry and so is keen to tell
about the great career prospects it has to offer. You could be working on the
creation of a new breakfast cereal, developing a new flavor of ice-cream or
helping companies look after the environment – the opportunities are endless!
For more on careers in food and drink manufacturing, check out the 'Taste Success – A Future in Food' campaign. Run by the industry, the campaign aims to highlight the wide range of exciting
job opportunities available in highly skilled and well-paid professions such as
engineering and food science.
Nicki Hunt, spokesperson for the Taste Success campaign, said:
“The UK's food and drink manufacturing sector is incredibly successful,
producing some of the world's most famous brands. Food and drink companies are
get fresh, new talent on board, and there are loads of opportunities and entry
points wherever you are in your training.”
Lydia Cebreiro, Recruitment Coordinator - Nestlé UK & Ireland, said:
“The Nestlé Apprenticeship Programme provided me with an incredible opportunity
to learn while I earned and to gain experience by working for the World's
largest food manufacturer.”
Calum Marnock, Confectionery Apprentice at Kraft UK, said:
“If you want an interesting career, to understand how manufacturing works and be
hands on, this is definitely the career for you. It is also a great way to
up confidence and experience. I believe an apprenticeship is the best way to
start your career.”
Note to Editors
- Taste Success – A Future in Food' is a careers campaign run by the voice of UK food and drink manufacturers, the Food and Drink
Federation (FDF) in partnership with the food and drink skills council Improve
Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). The campaign aims to raise
awareness of careers in the food and drink manufacturing industry. For further
information, please visit: www.tastesuccess.co.uk.
Nicki Hunt on or 020 7420 7132 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Wilhelm or 020 7420 7140 - email@example.com
Avni Raval or 020 7420 7131 - Avni.Raval@fdf.org.uk
Anna Taylor or 020 7420 7118 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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