Students from local schools across the North West have received an exclusive insight into food engineering careers during a visit to Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Morpeth site.
The company opened its factory doors to A-Level and foundation year students from Sheffield Hallam University, Abbey Gate College in Chester, and King Edward VI High School in Morpeth for a special engineering workshop.
The event involved company engineers setting an engineering challenge for the students who had previously expressed interest in careers in food and drink and the industry-supported BEng and MEng Food Engineering degrees at Sheffield Hallam University.
The pupils were also taken on a factory tour during which they experienced the day-to-day workings of various production lines.
Finally, students heard from a Sheffield Hallam University representative about the food engineering courses on offer.
Gina Solimeno, education programme manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises, said: “As a local manufacturer we are committed to supporting the skills development and learning needs of young people, to inspire the next generation about potential careers in manufacturing and engineering.
"We work hard to demonstrate the variety of opportunities available across the sector, and through days such as this, our education programmes provide valuable insight into our business and the wider industry. By opening our factory doors we hope to inspire students to show them the future possibilities within food and drink businesses such as ours,” she added.