The Scottish Government has announced £390,000 to educate school
pupils about careers in food and drink.
The funding will allow Food and Drink Federation Scotland to
extend their 'A Future in Food' programme, which raises awareness
about the wide variety of food and drink careers among pupils,
teachers and parents, to 2020.
Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn confirmed the funding
during a visit to Kirkintilloch High School in East Dunbartonshire,
at the start of Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.
"Scotland's food and drink industry is a vital part of our
economy - it is going from strength to strength and has ambitious
growth targets for the future.
"Skills and training is a key pillar of Ambition 2030, with
27,000 job openings predicted in the sector over the next 10
"I want to make sure that our labour market is in a position to
support this projected growth and supply the next generation of
professionals for the industry.
"This programme will help teachers, pupils and parents better
understand the food and drink industry in Scotland by highlighting
the wide variety of careers on offer along with the progression
routes and pathways to access them."
CEO of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland David Thomson
"We welcome the continued long-term support from Scottish
"Scotland's food and drink industry is a great place to be. To
ensure future success we need to encourage students to start and
further their careers in the sector.
"This programme provides an opportunity for many young people to
have a taste of a future career in food and drink."
Source - Scottish Government Website