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31 March 2017

Aberdeen pupils and teachers learn about foodie careers

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On 22 March, educators and students from the Grampian area attended an interactive event at Scotland's Rural College's (SRUC) Craibstone campus highlighting the variety of exciting careers available in the food and drink industry.

pupilsOver 100 delegates including teachers; school pupils; and college and university staff heard from a range of speakers about the education, training and career opportunities available in food and drink from farming to manufacturing through to retail and hospitality.

Attendees were treated to afternoon tea made by pupils undertaking a schools links programme between North East Scotland College and Aboyne Academy. Students from North East Scotland also helped with the management of the event.

Moira Stalker, FDF Scotland Schools Programme Coordinator, said:

“There are so many job opportunities available in the food and drink industry, including; science, product development, engineering, marketing, nutrition and design. The aim of this event was to inspire influencers to encourage even more Scottish children to think about how their food is produced and how that relates to the many exciting jobs on offer.”

Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive of College Development Network (CDN) said:

“CDN is leading a number of projects to promote the food and drink sector within Scotland's colleges. This event is one of a series taking place around the country, which has been organised by the dynamic CDN Food and Drink Network. Working in collaboration with Food and Drink Federation Scotland, the network is encouraging colleges to offer educational food technology pathways into work or on to higher education.”

Note to Editors:

  1. Partners involved in the event included Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, SRUC, College Development Network, Developing Young Workforce (DYW) North East, North East Scotland College and Aberdeenshire Council.
  2. The whole food and drink industry from agriculture, fishing, aquaculture through to manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the economy, with an annual turnover of over £14bn and employing around 119,000 people.
  3. FDF Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  4. FDF Scotland's schools work - A Future in Food, funded by the Scottish Government, helps teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland, highlights the wide variety of careers on offer, helps pupils understand the skills required by employers and how the subjects they study in school relate to the real world of work.

More information

For more information or photos, please contact Kirsty Ritchie in FDF Scotland's press office.

Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at: kirsty.ritchie@sfdf.org.uk, or 0131 222 8040.

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