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Food and drink industry inspires future engineers

Annual event gives future food engineers an insight into role

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Applicants to the UK’s only masters in food engineering course have had their first taste of the exciting work taking place in food and drink manufacturing at an event led by the sector’s top engineers.

Representatives from Twinings, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nestlé UK & Ireland, and PepsiCo UK were on hand to give young people considering an engineering career in food and drink manufacturing sector insight into the sector at the annual Food Engineers of the Future event.

Applicants to the MEng Food Engineering course at Sheffield Hallam University and other young people interested in the sector met first-year student ambassadors on the course at the event at London’s Science Museum.

Attendees received talks and advice from engineers and had the opportunity to take part in a series of practical challenges that gave a taste of the day-to-day work of a food engineer.

Ian Rigby, site engineering manager at PepsiCo UK, who led the event, said: “The Food Engineers of the Future event is a great opportunity to bring together young people with a passion for food and share an insight into what our fantastic sector has to offer. The day also provided a glimpse of what students can expect to experience from the MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam. 

"The competitively-paid guaranteed industrial work placements available to students are a real selling point of the course, so it was great for applicants to hear from company mentors who have had similar experiences and are great examples of what awaits anyone who enrolls.”

Lucy Smith, first year MEng Food Engineering student at Sheffield Hallam University, added: “I loved being involved in last year’s event, and it’s great to take part again, this time able to share my firsthand experience of MEng Food Engineering course with others.

“I really appreciated the chance to network with industry mentors and develop the relationships I’ve gained from the course work placements. The support, tips and advice they’ve given me is invaluable. We’ve all dubbed this event ‘Inspiration Day’ on the course, which is quite appropriate.”

The MEng Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University has been developed by Graduate Excellence, a partnership between the Food and Drink Federation, the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink and Sheffield Hallam University.

Companies supporting the MEng Food Engineering include: ABP, Apetito, Arla Foods, Burton's Biscuit Company, Cargill, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Fine Lady Bakeries, General Mills, KP Snacks, Mars, McCain Foods, Muller, Nestlè, PepsiCo, Premier Foods, Silver Spoon, Tate and Lyle Sugars, United Biscuits, and Warburtons.

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