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Funding Boost for Food and Drink Careers

15 September 2017 

£390,000 boost for schools programme

A schools programme to encourage more young people into the food and drink industry has received a £390,000 boost.

The Scottish Government announced the funding to extend the ' A Future in Food' careers programme up to 2020.

Launched in 2012, the Food and Drink Federation Scotland  run scheme aims to raise awareness of the wide variety of careers in the sector, and has so far seen:

  • 13,000 pupils participate in food education activities
  • 1,600 pupils and 2,040 teachers visit industry sites
  • 500 teachers gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits
  • 80,000 downloads of career resources
  • 26,000 pupils access information about the industry through various career events

SDS's food and drink sector manager Gerry McBride said: "With 27,000 job openings predicted in the food and drink sector over the next 10 years, it's vital we make sure that our labor market is in a position to support the supply of essential professionals for this important industry."

SDS's food and drink sector manager Gerry McBride said: "With 27,000 job openings predicted in the food and drink sector over the next 10 years, it's vital we make sure that our labor market is in a position to support the supply of essential professionals for this important industry."

Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn said: "This programme helps teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland by highlighting the wide variety of careers on offer, along with advice and guidance on how best to exploit those opportunities."

CEO of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland David Thomson said: "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."

The investment reinforces how important skills and training are to Scotland Food and Drink Ambition 2030, a vision and mission designed to ensure our country's farming, fishing, food production and drink sectors all have a vibrant future, and builds on SDS's own Skills Investment Plan for the industry.

Source - Skills Development Scotland website

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