The UK’s food and drink industry is urging young people to consider apprenticeships instead of going to university.
GCSE results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were released today, and the industry said young people to consider a career where they could work on the creation of a new breakfast cereal, a new flavor of ice-cream or helping companies look after the environment.
The food and drink manufacturing sector needs around 137,000 new recruits by 2017 to maintain its position as a world-class industry. Apprenticeships are offered in a wide variety of roles including engineering, technical roles, food science and management.
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 build up confidence and experience. I believe an apprenticeship is the best way to start your career.”
The industry has launched the 'Taste Success – A Future in Food' campaign.
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 keen to get fresh, new talent on board, and there are loads of opportunities and entry points wherever you are in your training.”