A new scheme to promote careers for women interested in engineering in food and drink has been launched by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in partnership with youth skills initiative MyKindaCrowd and three of the UK’s largest food and drink manufacturers.
FDF members Cargill, Mars UK and PepsiCo UK will work with the FDF and MyKindaCrowd to organise industry visits with practical challenges for female students to get a first-hand taste of the food and drink industry - the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.
Year 12 female students with A-Level STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects will be offered the chance to take on sector-related tasks and challenges at company-led workshops through visits to manufacturing sites across the country.
Students will take away an understanding of how they can use their STEM subjects towards an exciting career in food and drink manufacturing and give students the chance to network with employees at Cargill, Mars UK and PepsiCo UK.
The scheme also aims to raise awareness for the industry-backed MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University, as well as the FDF’s Women into STEM pledge as part of the YourLife campaign, which encourages women to pursue science or engineering careers in food and drink.
Angela Coleshill, director of employment & skills at FDF, said: “The skills agenda is a top priority for our industry and we are proud that our members continue to support careers initiatives such as the MyKindaCrowd engineering visits to ensure a solid succession plan for employment in our sector.”
William Akerman, founder and managing director, MyKindaCrowd: "The food and drink industry is doing great work in supporting our mission and the YourLife campaign, by working to ensure the work place is equal for all, and educating and highlighting the options out there.
"I hope the success of this campaign inspires other manufacturers to actively promote the industry and encourage more females to join this exciting industry," Akerman added.